Jurgen Klopp has revealed what has changed for Naby Keita in order to help him find some good form for Liverpool in recent weeks.
The midfielder put on an eye-catching display in the Reds’ 3-1 win over Brighton on Wednesday night.
It was the type of performance most had expected to see from Keita on a regular basis following his move from RB Leipzig. However, the Guinean has struggled for consistency during his time at Anfield.
But he has been one of Liverpool’s best since the resumption of the league, featuring in all five games. He has also laid on an assist in each of his last two games.
And Klopp has now explained what is behind Keita’s impressive outings. An article on the Liverpool Echo quotes the German manager as saying: “Injuries never help, they cost you for sure rhythm, especially when you are a new player.
“People forget that, but when he joined us he started exceptionally well but then the injuries started. That didn’t help him settle properly.
“That is now 100% different. He is completely settled in the squad, that is completely fine. He knows everybody around (the place) and that makes it all different.
“Not to forget that he wasn’t in the first XI when we were on incredible runs. In the last two years we didn’t lose a lot of games and as long as the players (in the team) are fit, then it’s difficult for anyone else to come in. Particularly after an injury and you are trying to get rhythm.
“Now it is all different. He is in a really good moment anyway, but fit as well plus being settled now. That makes life easier.
“Very good football is possible when you have skillset of Naby Keita. It’s really, really good. Counter-press and high press, he was used to from Leipzig.
“It’s part of the performance, and if you are not on your highest level but you want to perform at the highest level, then it’s a constant inner fight with yourself.
“Naby, because of the injuries, he barely had rhythm. Now he has rhythm, that’s good, and now we have to make sure that we keep that, at least until the end of the season and then we have another little break and we carry on.”
Keita has featured 23 times in all competitions this term, scoring three goals and providing three assists.
HENDERSON INJURY BLOW
Another Liverpool midfielder who has been at his best of late is Jordan Henderson. However, it has been confirmed the Reds captain will miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury.
The 30-year-old was forced from the field late into his side’s game at Brighton following a collision with Yves Bissouma.
And after undergoing scans, his manager confirmed on Friday that the England international will be absent for the remaining four games of the Premier League season.