Thursday, 26 September 2019

Jurgen Klopp asks for patience with Keita

Jurgen Klopp has asked for patience with Naby Keita after the Liverpool midfielder made his return to action during Wednesday's 2-0 EFL Cup win over MK Dons.

The Guinea international has been on the sidelined with a muscular problem since early August.

James Milner and teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever got the goals, while youngster Harvey Elliott impressed everyone with his performance.

Klopp told reporters "Obviously he looked good in moments, he looked really good in moments, but he has to adapt to the position again,"

"You see it with Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] as well. Naturally, you move much more and stuff like this, you find each other much more, but that's how it is.

"He was out for a while, but in moments you saw what an incredible player he is and how important he will be for us.

"We don't have to rush it now hopefully, but we can use him now and that's good, good for us. There's a long season to go and everything will be fine."

Keita's will be given another opportunity to get some minutes under his belt comes on Saturday, Liverpool travel to Sheffield United in the Premier League.

The Reds have five points clear at the top of the table, winning all six of their games at the start of the new season so far.

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