Naby Keita insists he has ‘improved a lot’ since working with Jurgen Klopp and describes the Liverpool boss as ‘as a best friend who can communicate with all his players’
- Naby Keita still has to convince all Liverpool fans that he deserves a starter role on the team
- Midfielder struggled for shape and fitness despite flashes of brilliance
- He thanks Jurgen Klopp for improving and giving confidence
- Keita said, “He’s almost a best friend, but he’s a coach who can communicate.”
Naby Keita believes he has improved at Liverpool and credits Jurgen Klopp with his growth as a player.
The midfielder has yet to convince all Liverpool fans that he deserves a regular starter role and his time at the club is riddled with injury setbacks after a slow start.
There were occasional flashes and evidence as to why the Reds paid RB Leipzig £ 52.75 million for its services in 2018.
Jurgen Klopp is ‘like a best friend’ but also motivates his players, says Naby Keita
Keita told Liverpool magazine, per Echo: “When I arrived, I had to try to settle down and integrate with the team. I respect his choices, so I was there to work every day.
“I think I’ve improved a lot now, apart from my injuries that kept me out of multiple games.”
The Guinea had only started 12 games for Liverpool this season before the campaign was interrupted by the corona virus crisis.
But there is not a bad feeling towards Klopp, on the contrary, because the 25-year-old owes a lot of thanks to the German.
The midfielder has struggled for consistent shape and fitness since joining Liverpool
“He is someone who can explain you on the field, and that helps a lot and when you play, you never doubt yourself. That is coaching and he sees everything.
“When you see him on the sidelines and you’re on the field, it’s like he’s playing with you and that gives you a lot of desire to do better.
“He’s always there for his players, he’s almost a best friend, but he’s a coach who can communicate with all of his players.
Keita believes he has improved as a player under Klopp since joining RB Leipzig
“He will always defend his players, because for him all players are the same. There is no difference for him, “he added.
With Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita competing for central midfield positions, competition is fierce.
After having had time to adjust to life in England for the rest of this season and next year, I feel important if Keita wants to get the rank at Anfield.