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Naby Keita
Birthplace Conakry, Guinea
Born 1995 02 10
Gender Male
Ethnic Guinean
Job Guinean Footballer
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Org Guinea National Team
Club as Player Liverpool FC
  RB Leipzig
  Red Bull Salzburg
  FC Istres
  Horoya AC

2017 07 22 Retrieve

[Naby Keita tells about his father’s belief in him and that he will fly him out to his first Champions League match with RB Leipzig] I’ll dedicate my first Champions League match to him. He’s never been to Leipzig, and I’ll invite and gift this match to him. He always believed in me. He told me early on that I will play in the Champions League one day

2017 08 29 Retrieve

[Naby Keita delights to be joining Liverpool FC] I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly. My commitment to RB Leipzig remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance. Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance

2017 08 30 Retrieve

[Naby Keita tells about his childhood] If you make the effort and work really, really hard, anything is possible … There, the road is the best football school. I would say that all the guys in Africa, or at least in Guinea, play on the street. [There are cars coming and going] but you just play between them. My mother always said that going shopping with me was very expensive [because] many things got broken. Still, I always looked forward to those trips

[Naby Keita scores an 89th minute winner in the team’s first ever top-flight victory, a 1-0 win at home to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 2] I think that goal was my personal highlight. The stadium was packed and the fans were going crazy; I was happy with that one

[Admitting that he had to] learn to look after myself in life. After training, I used to have to ask people for food. I couldn’t go on like that. But now I am in a position where I can help others the way others once helped me. I always think of my roots, of where I came from. [One day] I want to be Africa’s footballer of the year

2017 11 09 Retrieve

[Naby Keita talks about his Dream] I wish for good health, that I am the best African footballer in the world and that I play one day for Barcelona

2018 07 01
Naby Keita join Liverpool from German side RB Leipzig for $62 million

2018 07 28 Retrieve

[Naby Keita, who moved to Liverpool this summer, speaks about his long-time admiration of the club] We used to play in the streets wearing a Liverpool shirt. My dad had a love of Liverpool back then when I was 11 or 12 years old. I wanted to be like [Steven Gerrard]. It couldn’t be anyone else. He was always the boss of the team

: 2019 05 25 Naby Keita has been included in Guinea’s preliminary squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations despite lingering concerns regarding his fitness

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Naby Keita ‘not 100 per cent’ but ready to play for Guinea in Africa Cup of Nations] I’m going to work now. I am not 100 per cent but when I was in Liverpool, I started training with the ball. As I’m here now I’m going to train with the team to see. To reassure the Guinean fans, the coach and the team-mates, I think I’ll be ready for the first match.

2019 06 20 Retrieve

[Naby Keita is hoping to see Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp replicate the success he has enjoyed with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane when it comes to his own game] Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch. People can see how he improved Salah and Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season.

[He added on the changes he has made since leaving German football] I was a playmaker in RB Leipzig. I took the ball with more freedom to do what I want, playing the ball to strikers and wingers to assist or get in front of goal and score. At Liverpool, we have more attacking players like Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino who boast great scoring numbers. My first year was about adapting with the team and to the Premier League. There are big differences between football in Germany and England and also between RB Leipzig and Liverpool, in my duties and the way of playing. I hope things will be even better next year

We won Champions league for the first time since 2005 and were competing for Premier League until the last match, so of course it was good for the team and for me to be part of this in my first season. Like I said before, I was adapting with the team and to football in England, so I hope I can help my team more by winning Premier League next season

2019 06 25 Retrieve

[Naby Keita claims to have become Mohamed Salah’s ‘little brother’ at Liverpool] Very well, he always gives me some advice on the pitch in Liverpool. He’s a nice guy who works hard. When he works at the gym, he always asks me to join him. He looks after me like I’m his little brother.

[The hope is that Keita will be the next to star at Anfield] Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch. People can see how he improved Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season

2019 07 06 Retrieve

[Liverpool expect Naby Keita to recover from an adductor strain in time for the new Premier League campaign] The injury ended Keita’s participation in the tournament and he returned to Melwood for further examination by the club’s medical team. However, he is set to be ready to start pre-season training as planned when back on Merseyside following an end-of-season break later in July

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is hopeful that he can step his game up a notch in the weeks to come] Of course I’m pleased with my form, but I’d like to do better. Yes, I agree it’s a good moment for me now to try to avoid picking up any injuries, and to therefore get plenty of playing time. I feel that moving on from the recent injury that if I can get to play in a lot of matches, I can really try to help the team where I can.

[Indeed, he hopes that his Champions League display is just the start of things to come] I would like to do better than that. It was a match we set out to win. I played well enough to please everyone, but I’d like to do better than that in the next matches as well

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Keita determined to do ‘even better than last season’ and keep Liverpool’s unbeaten run going] You always have to remain focused. It’s that focus that brings the desire - and it’s that desire that helps you a lot in achieving your goals. It’s that momentum that motivates us, builds confidence and drives us to do even better. That’s the goal we all set ourselves as players, as a club and as the manager too. I believe we will remain focused and calm and continue to make progress. We know we have players who like to beat our own records. We know what we achieved last season, but we’re not going to just look back on that achievement with any sense of complacency - we’re going to try to do even better than last year

[Liverpool fell behind to Harry Kane’s goal after 47 seconds, but a Jordan Henderson strike was followed up by Mohamed Salah’s penalty as the Reds rallied to secure all three points] A tough match like the one we just had gives you more experience, so you can try in subsequent training sessions to eliminate those faults or those attempts that didn’t work out right. We set about correcting those few errors we made in the match against Tottenham during our training sessions in the lead-up to the match at Aston Villa. Going there and putting in a good performance is paramount for us. As far as I am concerned, not all matches are the same, but we were happy to get the three points against Tottenham, that was essential. You can’t always run every game the way you might like to, but the key thing is to come away with the three points

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Naby Keita says Liverpool winger Sadio Mane is enjoying the most fruitful spell of his career to date] He’s living his greatest moments right now, so it’s for him now to remain focused, to do more, and not to lighten up. I know him to be the kind of person who always wants to achieve more, and he will continue in that way

[Keita added on his enormous pride at seeing his team-mates recognised for their excellence on the biggest stage] The whole dressing room has congratulated them. It’s an honour for them to be nominated, and it serves to mark your achievements up to that point, but it also serves as a motivation to continue improving and working as well. Of course, I am not only happy for Sadio, but the other Liverpool players too: they are all my teammates and I am really happy for them. They had an extraordinary season, and hopefully, are all set to have another one this season and the one after that too. [The nominations], it gives a big boost of pride to each player; in yourself, pride for your family, for your friends. But with that boost, it’s up to you to keep on keeping on, right until the end and I am sure they will do exactly that

2019 11 30 Retrieve

[Naby Keita admits to Champions League torment but is ready to justify Liverpool’s £53m show of faith] It was quite hard for me. All players dream of playing in a big final like that and it would have been great for me. I was rather sad and I can’t say it didn’t affect me

[He has made just eight appearances this season] I would love to be involved. My injury put me back a bit but now I feel as though I am back. I’ve been quite pleased with my form but I’d like to do better. I feel that, if I get to play in a lot of matches, I can really try to help the team. I try to play every training session as if it were a match and I always try to raise my game. I raise my head and hope to be selected to go out there and play and win

[He said of that opportunity, with Liverpool looking to be crowned domestic kings for the first time in 30 years] Well, a record like that can only serve to motivate me more! We’re all here to work for exactly those sort of records and then to surpass them. Hopefully by winning every match those records will come naturally. We don’t want to repeat the error - if you can call it an error after getting 97 points - of falling into second place at the last hurdle at the end of the season. We want to push for new records right until the end of the season. We want to beat our record. It’s in the club’s thinking to do so

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Naby Keita has endured his fair share of injury struggles at Liverpool] When I arrived I had to try to settle in and be able to integrate with the team. I respect his choices, so I was there to work every day. He is somebody who is able to give you explanations on the field, and that helps a lot and when you play of course you don’t ever doubt yourself. That’s coaching and he sees everything. I think I have now improved a lot, apart from my injuries which have kept me out of several matches. He’s somebody who communicates a lot and a coach who explains everything to all his players.

[Keita remains something of a work in progress for Klopp] He is a coach that gives you confidence and he is the motivating factor before a match, but you’ve also got to be motivated on the field. When you see him on the sideline and you’re on the field, it’s as if he’s playing with you and that gives you a lot of desire to do better. He’s always there for his players, he’s almost like a best friend but he’s a coach who can communicate with all his players. He will always defend his players because for him all the players are the same. There is no difference to him. He’s always there to explain things to you, such as if you haven’t played the best in a game, which is hard for coaches to do. But that’s a choice he has to make and it helps us fight harder on the training field to push hard so you can be playing at the weekend