Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool new boy as ‘fantastic’

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Jurgen Klopp labelled Naby Keita as a “fantastic football player” after Liverpool got their Premier League campaign off to a brilliant start with a 4-0 victory over West Ham.All eyes were on the Reds at the start of the season as they were very active in the transfer market this summer – spending over £175million on new players with £52m of that on Keita. Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes New signings Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also made their first competitive appearances in a Liverpool shirt and the boss was happy with their displays too.Klopp added: “For a first game I think players could be nervous but both new players were not nervous.“Shaq [Shaqiri] was also not nervous when he came on. He was immediately a very lively figure on the pitch.”Liverpool’s next outing is a trip to Crystal Palace on Monday, August 20 while West Ham host Bournemouth on Saturday. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 NEW ERA Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? possible xi Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Liverpool are top of the league after the opening weekend How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures ALTERED However, any nerves within the Liverpool camp were extinguished when Mohamed Salah gave them a 19th-minute lead with an easy tap-in.Keita played a huge role in the construction of the goal after finding space, gliding through the heart of the Hammers midfield before having the composure to lay the ball to Andy Robertson who then supplied the cross which Salah finished off.Sadio Mane scored two goals either side of half-time before Daniel Sturridge made an immediate impact from the bench to score Liverpool’s fourth and final goal of the game.Every Reds player put in a good shift but Keita was a star performer on what was his Premier League debut.His display in the first-half impressed some Liverpool fans on Twitter and Klopp echoed these views but claimed there would be more to come from the 23-year-old. smart causal Both fans and manager were happy with Keita’s performance REVEALED possible standings Klopp said: “He [Keita] is a fantastic football player. He doesn’t know how good he can be. We have no clue about it.“We have only seen signs of it so far. There’s a lot more to come as he’s still a young boy.“Hopefully he will stay injury-free and then the future is pretty nice.”Naby Keita watch: How the midfielder performed on his first competitive Liverpool outing silverware 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday Latest Premier League Newslast_img


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