Following their recent 3-0 victory over Bournemouth, Liverpool appear to have abandoned the poor run of form which saw them concede their advantage over Champions Manchester City. Now, with margins as tight as ever, Klopp hints he has the answer to Liverpool’s season – Naby Keita.
Naby Keita has struggled to adapt to the intensity and skill of the Premier League since his arrival from RB Leipzig at the start of this season and has often been considered one of the major flops of the season.
But now Klopp, who finds himself with two opportunities left to rescue Liverpool from another trophy-less season, sees Keita as one of the club’s saving graces.
“[discussing Bournemouth] It was really nice to see that game and see how the people appreciate it. He is in a lot of situations, passing these little balls through a really tight midfield. It’s just good. And there’s a lot more to come. That was a good one.”, he told Liverpoolfc.com.
Keita has drastically improved in recent weeks, after finally putting together a string of appearances in the starting line-up, and he’s certainly showing signs that he’s growing in confidence.
The trademark dribbles and passes are coming together nicely as he begins to develop relationships with surrounding players and understanding the identity and style of Liverpool Football Club. Much like Fabinho, it’s taken time, but look how well the Brazilian is doing these days.
At their worst, the Reds lack guile in the engine room. Without Philippe Coutinho, the Merseyside giants have looked functional rather than fantastic, so Keita coming to form certainly could help Klopp as the title run in hots up. If he does, it could be advantage Liverpool.
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