Naby Keita has his sights on new role with Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 20th June 2019 1:11

Naby Keita says there more to come from himself at Anfield next season after tasting European glory in his first season with Liverpool.

Keita missed the Champions League final win over Spurs with a groin problem, but he developed into a key performer for Jurgen Klopp after a slow start to his first season in England.

The former Leipzig midfielder made 33 appearances, scoring three times and earning one assist, but the Guinea stars hopes for an improvement next season and points to Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, both of whom have progressed under Jurgen Klopp.

Keita told Goal: “Klopp knows how to treat players and help them, he always talks with everyone on and off the pitch and helps them to improve. He can make you give all that you have and more on the pitch.

“People can see how he improved Salah and Mane and I hope he can do the same with me next season.”

Keita, 24, who signed for the Reds for £52.75million also hinted that he may look to change roles next season.

“I was a playmaker in Leipzig. I took the ball with more freedom to do what I want, playing the ball to strikers and wingers to assist or get in front of goal and score,” added Keita.

“At Liverpool, we have more attacking players like Salah, Mane and [Roberto] Firmino who boast great scoring numbers.

“My first year was about adapting with the team and to the Premier League. There are big differences between football in Germany and England and also between Leipzig and Liverpool, in my duties and the way of playing. I hope things will be even better next year.”

 

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