Virgil van Dijk has heaped praise on one of his Liverpool teammates in particular during a recent interview with the club.
Speaking to the club’s official website following their historic Premier League title win, the Dutchman has been waxing lyrical over Naby Keita’s recent performances.
Should Naby Keita be a regular starter next season?
“I’m just very happy for Naby,” the centre-back told liverpoolfc.com. “Naby is a fantastic guy, he works so hard and he is an outstanding football player. We see it week in and week out. He has unfortunately been unlucky with some injuries, but hopefully he can stay fully fit for the next season.”
Indeed, Keita had a tough time battling with injuries this season. He missed the start of the campaign due to a muscle tear and was sidelined for a total of 17 matches across all competitions because of various injury problems (via Transfermarkt). Since he joined the Reds in 2018 for a then-club record fee of £48m, Keita has featured in just 60 games across his first two years at Anfield.
His recent burst of form seems to have put him on the right track, though, tallying three goal involvements since football restarted in mid-June (as per Transfermarkt). Keita’s new-found confidence has got many fans back on his side, as they have been lauding his impressive performances.
Van Dijk has labelled the Guinean as ‘world class’, with which one fan in particular agrees after tweeting ‘Virgil knows’.
Read more replies from the Anfield faithful here:
If you understand football then you can't hate Naby. Everything a midfielder should have explosive, dribbling skills, ball recovery, cool tempo/fast tempo, passion. I just need Naby of RB periodt
— DIE HARD LFC ⭕ (@hassanidowu8) July 29, 2020
— 🔴 (@ChrisvLFC) July 29, 2020
Virgil knows ball. It’s so good to see that everyone rates keita so highly except for some group of fans
— Sayam Ghosh (@SayamG8) July 29, 2020
Not only Keita is having a much better season than Pogba,he’s better anyway
— JAMES F (@james_jamesf) July 29, 2020
Nabyyyyyy laddddddddd ⚡️
— supermane10 (@supermanelfc) July 29, 2020
Next season is Naby Lad season 👊
— Danny Hounslea (@DannyOHounslea) July 29, 2020
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