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How did Liverpool supporters react to inconsistent midfielder’s performance against Norwich City?

Liverpool supporters have watched the Reds overcome all Premier League obstacles this season. On Saturday, despite a stubborn Norwich City holding their own against the Jurgen Klopp’s team, Sadio Mane found a late winner in brilliant fashion to keep Liverpool on the title trail.

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Klopp’s team are just 15 points away from winning their first league championship in 30 years. It is a magical season at Anfield that has followed on from Liverpool’s Champions League final win last term over Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool are still fighting to complete a treble with silverware in the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League up for grabs.

Although Liverpool won at Carrow Road on Saturday with another stout defensive performance, Liverpool supporters have failed to unanimously give one player in the team’s starting XI a glowing review. Midfielder Naby Keita continues to be a polarising figure at Anfield with supporters unable to agree on his importance to the team and quality of performances.

A polarising figure at Anfield

Keita has scored three goals and tallied one assist in 17 games in all competitions for the Reds. His season has been greatly restricted due to injuries for a second straight term. Keita has missed 11 games due to two different injuries (muscle tear, groin strain).

Liverpool signed Keita in 2018 for £54 million from RB Leipzig with high expectations. In just over a season and a half, Keita has played 50 matches in all competitions scoring six goals and assisting two.

Following the team’s 1-0 win over Norwich City, Liverpool supporters gave their verdict of Keita via Twitter. Although some were happy with his performance having started in midfield for Fabinho, others were not quite so full of praise.

Keita has his supporters

While there were plenty of critics over Keita’s performance on Saturday, there were a number of other Liverpool supporters that were very happy with his play. Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was picked out as struggling for the Reds rather than Keita as fans have defended the latter’s recent appearances.

Keita led all players in tackles (five), had a 76% pass rate, made one key pass, and had three shots during his 83 minutes on the pitch, according to Those numbers led these Liverpool supporters to praise the midfielder.

So, is Keita the complete package for Liverpool? Wijnaldum’s contract will come to an end at Anfield in 2021. Although the Reds have been working on a potential new deal. If one is not worked out, he could leave in the summer giving Keita the chance to take the Dutchman’s place in the first-team.

Keita is sure to continue to split Liverpool supporters. The midfielder has some more time this season to win fans over as long as he stays fit.