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Naby Keïta
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Personal information
Full name

Naby Leye Keïta
Date of birth
10 February 1995
Place of birth
Conakry, Guinea
1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position
Central midfielder

Club information
Current team

FC Liverpool 


FC Liverpool Season 2018-
Article 01
Article 02

Youth career


Senior career

0x apps / 0x goal

FC Istres
23x apps / 4x goals

Red Bull Salzburg
59x apps / 17x goals

RB Leipzig
41x apps / 10x goals

National team

28x apps / 5x goals

(Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:50, 27 May 2017 (UTC) - National team caps and goals correct as of 10 June 2017)

Naby Leye Keïta is a Guinean professional footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig and the Guinea national team as a central midfielder.


Club career

Naby Keïta joined hometown club Horoya AC aged nine.

He moved from Horoya AC to France in 2012, joining the youth team of FC Istres after unsuccessful trials at FC Lorient and Le Mans FC.

In 2013, he was promoted to the first team of Istres. 

He made his Ligue 2 debut on 22 November 2013 against Nîmes Olympique.

He scored 11 goals in 23 games in his first season as a professional footballer in Ligue 2.

In 2014, he joined Austrian top division side Red Bull Salzburg.

He made his league debut on 26 July 2014 against Wiener Neustadt.

Keïta ended the season with five goals and two assists in 30 games, winning the league and cup double. 

The following season, Keïta was selected as the Austrian Bundesliga Player of the Year.

In June 2016, Keïta moved to Red Bull Salzburg sister-club RB Leipzig, who had just been promoted to the German Bundesliga.

Keita scored the winner on his league debut against Borussia Dortmund and scored seven more goals in his debut Bundesliga season.

On 28 August 2017 it was announced that a deal had been agreed with RB Leipzig for Keita to join Liverpool on 1 July 2018 after Liverpool triggered his £48 million release clause in addition to paying an undisclosed premium.


International career

On 28 July 2013, Keïta made his international debut for the Guinea national team against Mali in a 2014 African Nations Championship qualification match.

Style of play
Keita is described as a dynamic, box-to-box central midfielder. 

He is also able to distribute the ball with range and accuracy, score goals frequently and has been compared to N'Golo Kante, and Deco.