24 year old central midfielder Naby Keita has 23 appearances this season and has accumulated only 1232 minutes of game time. However, his stature and influence seems to be increasing every day.
He was a picture of calm behind Salah. Once Liverpool took a commanding 2-0 leads with goals from Mane and Salah, the game became much more open. Both teams vied for the next goal, either to kill the game or to get back into it.
In such a situation it is easy to lose your cool and get nervous, but Keita demonstrated his ability to calm everyone around him. He then proceeded to destroy N’Golo Kante in a nonchalant manner, as if stamping Liverpool’s superiority all over Chelsea.
Was absolute mayhem before this moment, looks basic but brought so much calm to the team pic.twitter.com/xdC5SHIVk5
— Klopp (@BundesligaLFC) April 14, 2019
Yeah Keita, we get it, when 2-0 up, bring the ball down and pass.