Guinea’s national side coach Didier Six has been lauding Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, comparing the midfielder’s leadership ability with that of footballing superstar Zinedine Zidane.
Keita has recently returned to fitness following an injury layoff and the 26-year-old will be heading off to join up with his compatriots later this month.
Whilst much of his Anfield career to this point has flattered to deceive, Six has no doubts over the midfielder’s talent.
“In my opinion, Keita has magical feet, and I decided to give him the captaincy because he’s a true leader. He’s never abrasive with his team-mates,” the 66-year-old told FIFA.com.
“The way he talks to them is very similar to the way Zidane deals with his players, and he communicates the message in a wonderful way.”
Having signed back in 2017, albeit not arriving until 2018, when the Reds met Keita’s £48m release clause, there were great expectations as to what the Guinean would bring.
Unfortunately, his time at the club has been badly hindered by injury and as soon as it looks as though we may be seeing his best form, another setback looms.
Clearly talented and a manager-favourite, hopefully, this latest injury will be Keita’s last major concern and the Reds can get the most out of the ace and see where exactly the comparisons with Ballon d’Or winning Zidane lie.