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Jurgen Klopp unsurprised by Naby Keita display

Klopp unsurprised by Naby Keita display
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he was not surprised by the level of Naby Keita's performance on his competitive debut for the club.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was not surprised by Naby Keita's performance on his competitive debut for the club this afternoon.

The midfielder drew plaudits from fans and pundits alike with his display during the 4-0 triumph over West Ham United at Anfield this evening, notably playing a big role in Mohamed Salah's opening goal.

Klopp was eager to highlight the performances of other players too, but acknowledged that Keita has settled quickly into life at the club following his move from RB Leipzig.

"It was a good performance, of course. In just six weeks in, I don't make the difference between a new player and another player. For me, it's exactly the similar importance to me that Milly (James Milner) and Gini (Georginio Wijnaldum) are ready to make the next stage in their development as well," Klopp told reporters.

"Naby is in because he is a really good footballer, and I've said from the beginning that he has obviously settled really quickly. It is a similar style of play, he plays a similar position that he was in at Leipzig. He can play different positions obviously but I think number eight is his best at the moment. So that's all cool.

"He has a lot of help from the players around him today, with Sadio [Mane] working really hard, and the same with Gini and Milly and Robbo (Andy Robertson) in this case. I'm pleased absolutely but that's what we expected."

Keita initially agreed to join Liverpool prior to the 2017-18 season, but was forced to wait until this summer to complete the deal.


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Jurgen Klopp celebrates in Manuel Pellegrini's face during the Premier League game between Liverpool and West Ham United on August 12, 2018
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2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
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8Bournemouth167272526-123
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16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
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18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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