Keita recovered ten times in the 90 minutes; Both Milner and Henderson made it and achieved an impressive accuracy of 93%.
And it was not only the job of regaining the ball, but also, once he was with him, feet that let Liverpool fans and manager Jürgen Klopp sing.
Keita was direct and always wanted to move forward, Burnley had to back off or pull players out of position to track his runs, thus making room for his teammates to exploit before him.
It was a very welcome sight, as there has been a lot of recent criticism of the fun and creativity in the middle of the park for Liverpool, making it difficult for Keita alone first XI falls.
Keita's ball experience was also incredibly impressive, and his energy and perseverance surpassed those of both midfielders Henderson and Milner.
The map below, provided by twelve e.football shows that Keita was a threat when Burnley players were on the ball, constantly pushing in the middle of the field and moving a bit further forward to face Klopp's signature style of play " gegenpressing "perfect auction.
It was also useful for the ball, rarely goalscoring and two obvious passes beaten by Milner on this front when we compare the midfield 3 stakes.
And let's not forget, he had the misfortune not to have his first Liverpool goal, when he had blocked two shots from almost the line in about a minute and a fine fingertip in front of Joe in the second half Hard enforce.
Considering all this, the visibly enjoyable aspects and the ball work performed by Keita, number eight was a very enjoyable achievement and one worthy of inheriting Gerrard's legendary jersey.
It offered a bit more A touch of fresh air to what felt like was a bit stagnant midfield, but with Keita there was a liveliness and excitement that seemed to be lacking lately.
This raises the question of when Klopp will be brave and associate him with his summer colleague Fabinho, who has also impressed in his limited exhibitions since joining Monaco.
This partnership of youthful energy and tenacity in the middle could prove to be really useful to the Reds. He appears in teams like Burnley who want to give up Liverpool and are very determined.
Keita gave a very good example of why Liverpool splashed the money on him and was willing to wait a long time for his services. More of that, and Liverpool fans will think they've made another bargain despite their high price.