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Van Dijk pays tribute to ‘outstanding footballer’ Keita

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Virgil van Dijk is pleased with Naby Keita’s recent good form and is hoping that he can put his fitness woes in the past the next season.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita was out injured when football went into a three-month coronavirus enforced suspension.

Recurring minor injuries prevented Keita to contribute much in his side’s Premier League title triumph, limiting his appearances to just 18. Making use of the lockdown, however, he was able to reach 100% fitness for the first time in over a year.

The 25-year old scored a sumptuous goal in the dramatic 5-3 victory over Chelsea midweek before putting on a Man of the Match winning performance against Newcastle United over the weekend.

Speaking to LFC TV, Virgil van Dijk was quick to notice his teammate’s turn of fortunes.

“I’m just very happy for Naby, he’s a fantastic guy. He works so hard and he’s an outstanding football player, we see it week in, week out,” said Van Dijk, as cited by Goal.

“Unfortunately he’s been unlucky with some injuries, but hopefully he can stay fully fit next season.

“I think he’s world-class if I’m absolutely honest. I see the moments where he has the ball, the smart moves, and his intelligence. It’s just incredible to see and I’m very happy for him.”