The big-money signing has struggled for consistency in new surroundings, but showed in a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth what he is capable of
Jurgen Klopp believes there is “a lot more to come” from Naby Keita after seeing a £48 million ($62m) signing show signs of promise during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Big things were expected from the 24-year-old when he arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2018 following a protracted transfer saga.
Those on Merseyside had seen a deal with RB Leipzig agreed almost a year before a big-money recruit joined the ranks.
He also has the energy required to meet the demands of the Liverpool boss but has
Klopp told the Reds’
“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.”
Keita is still waiting on his first goal for Liverpool.
Big games are coming thick and fast, though, and he will get plenty of other opportunities to impress.
Next up for Liverpool, on February 19, is the first leg of a heavyweight European clash with Bayern Munich, before then returning to domestic competition with a trip to Manchester United.