Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, acknowledges Naby Keita hasn’t been at his best since the start of the season but is keeping faith in the former RB Leipzig star to turn the corner in the second half of the campaign.
The Reds splashed out £52million on the midfielder, but are yet to reap the rewards, as the player has only made 18 appearances since arriving in the summer. Niggling injuries have hindered his progress at the club, but Klopp remains adamant that the player will come good if he’s allowed the time to adapt.
“I spoke to Naby. Everything is fine. I am completely happy with Naby,” said the Reds boss, as quoted by Belfast Telegraph.
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“Could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes. Is he exactly the player in his best time at Leipzig? No. He is still adapting, that’s how it is. Everyone saw at the beginning of the season how brilliant he played. Tottenham was a fantastic game from him, without thinking too much.”
“A little injury here, a little injury there, and it was kind of a little setback but he is a fantastic player and I am really happy to have him here. It is so good and I am looking forward to our common future. You see it every day, wow, there is so much to come and there is so much influence he can have on each game.”
Naby Keïta will become a major influence at Liverpool but must perform with more confidence to recapture the form that prompted his £52.75m move to Anfield.
“It was not an injury, no, it’s just how it is sometimes.”https://t.co/P0jJ1tKcqv
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“There was no reason (for leaving him out), just other boys were in a good shape as well, a bit was positioning, the system, all that stuff, and that’s how football decisions are. There is really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player,” he concluded.