Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool's Naby Keita

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Fabinho and Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session on August 01, 2019 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The Liverpool midfielder scored in this evening's win at Salzburg.

Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December...

Jurgen Klopp has singled out Naby Keita for praise following Liverpool's 2-0 win away to Red Bull Salzburg.

The reigning Champions League winners booked their spot in the knockout phase in 2020 after second-half goals from Keita and Mo Salah was enough for the Reds.

The Guinea international is being praised by Liverpool fans on Twitter for his all-action midfield display.

But Klopp has said post-match [The Echo] that he thought the £52 million man played much better when he stuck him in a number 10 role.

 

He said: "Keita, in particular, was very good. I moved him to the ten and that improved his performance. He was a bit tired towards the end but very good."

The 24-year-old has had a relatively dismal first 18 months on Merseyside which has been hampered by a loss of form and fitness.

But if he can replicate the standard he showed tonight on a regular basis then he and Liverpool will benefit in a serious way.

He hasn't often been used as a playmaker and it'll be interesting to see if Klopp continues to use him there going forward.

Naby Keita of Liverpool scores his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between RB Salzburg and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on December 10, 2019 in Salzburg,...

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