Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Naby Keita must be more consistent if Liverpool are to get the best out of him between now and the end of the season.
The midfielder arrived in the summer, 12 months after the Reds paid a premium £53million to buy him RB Leipzig, and the nature of his game was such he was tipped to make a huge impact.
However, after a promising start in his first couple of matches the 23-year-old has struggled for form, not helped having to learn a new language and culture, an injury which sidelined him for a month in October and being asked to perform a slightly different role from the one he had in the Bundesliga.
Some pundits have even suggested Liverpool are a better side without Keita and that he could prove an expensive mistake by Liverpool.
Klopp told the Reds’ official website: “You need a good performance.
“The second half against West Ham was good, the first half wasn’t that good but the second half was really good.
“If you fall into a little hole you have to make sure you get out by yourself. That’s what he did in the second half at West Ham and it was clear this game would be the next step for him.
“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.”
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