Future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita scored one and assisted another as RB Leipzig secured their first-ever win over Bayern Munich on Sunday.
Leipzig hosted the Bundesliga leaders as they seek to fight for a top-four finish in the German top flight this season.
With rivals Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen enduring wildly differing results earlier in the day, the former thrashing Mainz and the latter losing to Cologne, Leipzig needed a result.
Bayern arrived at the Red Bull Arena on an 18-game unbeaten run, winning 17 of those, but they faced off against a Leipzig side in stubborn form.
Keita lined up in a more advanced role in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 3-4-2-1 formation, initially alongside Marcel Sabitzer but, after an early injury, then next to regular partner Timo Werner.
The duo shone in tandem, with Keita netting an equaliser for Leipzig on 37 minutes after Germany striker Sandro Wagner had opened the scoring in the opening stages.
With Werner, Keita and Konrad Leimer combining on the right-hand side of the penalty area, Werner’s shot was spilled into the path of the Reds’ upcoming summer arrival to clip home.
And the Guinean turned provider for Werner after half-time, picking up the ball on the edge of the centre circle and playing a slide pass for the 22-year-old to fire past Sven Ulreich and in.
Leipzig held on for a 2-1 victory, with Keita winning WhoScored‘s Man of the Match award after creating more chances than any other player (four).
The prospect of Keita joining the midfield ranks at Anfield is a mouthwatering one, with the youngster set to complete his £55 million switch in July.
However, speaking to German publication Bild this month Keita stressed that his focus remained on Leipzig and their top-four push.
“I’m still a player at RB Leipzig and I’m only concentrating on that,” he explained, “Liverpool is in the summer, until then I still have goals with Leipzig.”
Interestingly, Keita revealed an impressive commitment to the cause at Leipzig, saying “sometimes I [arrive] three hours before training,” which will no doubt enamour him to Jurgen Klopp.
Keita began the season slowly, but has now levelled his goal tally from the previous campaign, netting eight goals in 31 appearances so far this term.
This added dynamism from midfield is much-needed on Merseyside, and delivering in another high-pressure game for Leipzig suggests Keita will slot in perfectly under Klopp.