Tuesday , October 26 2021

Liverpool news: 'He will be a massive player' – Jurgen Klopp backs Naby Keita as future Reds star


The Reds boss clarified his comments about the midfielder, backing him to become a star for the Anfield club in the future

Jurgen Klopp backed Naby Keita, saying the midfielder would develop into a "massive player" for the Premier League club now that he is back fit.

Keita, 23, joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in July, but has made just six starts since his arrival, partly due to injury struggles.

The Guinea international has yet to register a goal or assist with the club as he has suffered from back and hamstring issues in this season.

Klopp appeared to say Keita had made an average start to life at Anfield last week, but the German clarified his comments on Tuesday, saying he was referring to the hitback's player with a hamstring.

"He is an outstanding player," Klopp told a news conference ahead of a crunch meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. "I do not read English press but this week I caught a headline of something I said, which I did not mean it like that.

"The situation after he got injured was average because he had to get fit again, but the start was brilliant.

"He will be a massive player in the future for Liverpool and he is already.

"He is now really fit, he looks sharp in training, but as it is in a club like ours sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for the moment.

"And when you get the moment, then you have to be ready. That's how it is.

"He's an excellent player and we're happy to have him."

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Liverpool are second in Group C, level on points with Napoli and one ahead of PSG, ahead of Wednesday's clash at the Parc des Princes.

All four teams in the group are still with a chance at the round of 16, with the Red Bottom boss Red Star having picked up four points, including a stunning win over Liverpool and draw against Napoli.

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