Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has given himself a goal target for his first season in the Premier League.
The £52.5m summer signing from RB Leipzig says he hopes to beat the eight goals he scored in the Bundesliga two seasons ago:
“The Premier League is different to other leagues where I have played and everybody knows it is very tough, but I will do my best to beat my own personal records.”
“I’m the kind of person who thinks that if I score eight goals in one season my objective must be to score nine goals in the following season. That’s the kind of mentality I have.”
Keita has started life at Anfield with some decent performances. Although he hasn’t scored or provided an assist for a teammate yet, he hasn’t been overawed by the pace or the physicality of English football.
The Guinean international was named in the starting lineup for the first three league games of the campaign by manager Jurgen Klopp but was benched for the 2-1 win over Leicester City before the international break.
Keita played for Guinea against the Central African Republic on Sunday. He set up the only goal for Seydouba Soumah in the second half. The 1-0 win moves his side three points clear at the top of Group H in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations.