Jamie Carragher makes claim about Naby Keita’s first Liverpool FC goal

Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher believes Naby Keita's goal could be so important in the title race

Jamie Carragher
Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher (Photo: Sky Sports)

Jamie Carragher felt that Naby Keita’s first league goal could prove “vital” in the title race after the Liverpool FC midfielder triggered a 3-1 comeback win at Southampton on Friday night.

Liverpool FC made a poor start to the Premier League clash and Jurgen Klopp’s side were made to pay in the ninth minute at St Mary’s.

Shane Long had managed to score just two goals in his previous 38 league games but the Republic of Ireland international broke the deadlock in the eighth minute.

Klopp made the surprise decision to start Keita for the trip to the south coast despite the Guinea international’s underwhelming first season at the Merseyside outfit.

The 24-year-old was guilty of some sloppy passes in the first half but the summer signing made amends with his first Premier League goal ahead of half-time.

Keita managed to get on the end of Alexander-Arnold’s cross to squeeze a headed finish past Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn minutes before the half-time break.

Liverpool FC went on to complete the comeback in the second half thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson.

And former Liverpool FC defender Carragher praised Keita for opening his account at an important time for Klopp’s side.

“Keita has had a quiet start to his Liverpool career but how vital that goal might be?” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“There was pace on the ball that beats the goalkeeper. He just has to keep the pace on the ball. We haven’t normally seen goals from him in a Liverpool shirt. How vital that one might be?”

Liverpool FC will take on Chelsea FC in their next Premier League fixture at Anfield on Sunday 14 April.

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