Jurgen Klopp believes Naby Keita has taken the “big step” he needed in his Liverpool career as he explained the change that has sparked the midfielder into life.
“It was a big step, this game,” said the Reds boss. “The second half against West Ham was a big step but nobody really realised it because nobody was happy with the game and nobody talked about this.
Maybe people liked to talk more about the negative things from the first half with Naby. It was not good at West Ham, that’s no problem.
We will probably see a couple of bad halves from Naby in the future, that’s completely normal.
But it was clear the whole week the second half was really important to him. The position was clearer and clearer.
Bournemouth was a really good game. There is still a lot to come because he is still adapting.
Sometimes it takes longer, that’s how it is. People lose patience, that’s normal – but we don’t. This was obviously one of the best games he’s played.”
"Naby, as a midfielder, has played in a half position or in a different position with two sixes, or on the wing. So, you have to talk and explain."
“For a boy or a young boy – he turned 24 on Sunday – he made a big move from Leipzig to Liverpool; he wants to do it right.
On Saturday it looked natural. That’s exactly where we wanted it to come and where we wanted it to go. It was the big step he needed.” | | PARTNER'S @firminouniverse @lfc_fp96 @lfc.mad @_this_is_anfield @thelfcinsider @theonlyredisliverpoolred @themarchingreds
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