Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed his lack of surprise after new signing Naby Keita’s impressive debut against West Ham.
The midfielder stole the show with his eye-catching display against the Hammers on Sunday but Klopp revealed he wasn’t surprised.
The gaffer said he expected the Guinea international to settle in quickly at his new club and his performance on Sunday shows how far he has come.
Keita was signed by Liverpool for £53million from German side RB Leipzig last summer but spent the entire 2017-18 season on loan with the Bundesliga club.
Absolutely a good performance, of course,” Klopp said about Keita in his post-match news conference, according to Goal.
“After six weeks in I don’t make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is of similar importance to Millie [James Milner] and Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] are ready to make the next step in their development as well.
“So Naby is in because he’s a really good footballer and I’ve said it from the beginning that he’s obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig.
“He can play different positions of course, but I think No.8 is his best in the moment, so that’s all cool.”
“He has a lot of help from the players around. Sadio [Mane] works really hard and the same with Gini and Millie and Robbo [Andrew Robertson] in this case, so that’s really good. I’m pleased, absolutely, but actually that’s what we expected.”