Jurgen Klopp pleased Liverpool star Naby Keita is starting to learn English as midfielder completes return from injury
Jurgen Klopp believes Naby Keita has taken ‘a big step’ at Liverpool – as he has finally learnt to speak English.
The Reds midfielder has been plagued by injuries since arriving in a £52million deal from RB Leipzig last summer.
He made his latest injury comeback in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup win over MK Dons last week, playing 63 minutes.
And Keita could feature once more when the Champions League holders take on Red Bull Salzburg, the 24-year-old’s former club, on Wednesday.
Liverpool boss Klopp said: “He should be ready now. I spoke to [fitness coach] Andreas Kornmayer and he said Sunday’s session was really good and important, very intense for him and that is what he needs now.
“He was injured, came back and injured again so we have to make sure that will not happen anymore.
“He’s integrated now, good now, much better. The last talk I had with him was in English and it looked like he understood what I said. That is a big step. He is here long enough now.
“It was a big step for him to come here from Leipzig with big expectations, and hopefully you all still remember how good he started.
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“All those injuries, he was not often injured in his career so far. We have to make sure it will not happen again and then everything will be fine. He will be in the squad 100 per cent.”
Keita joined Leipzig from sister club Salzburg in 2016 and his form in the Bundesliga alerted Europe’s biggest clubs.
And just a year later Liverpool won the race to sign the Guinea international, agreeing a deal for Keita who would officially move to Anfield at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Liverpool have been wasteful in counter-attacking situations in recent wins over Chelsea and Sheffield United, something Klopp thinks Keita can improve.
He said: “For Salzburg, Naby was always involved in this, like Sadio [Mane] was always involved, and it was the complex job to do.
“Being against the ball, defending with 100 per cent focus, and with the ball he made the difference, not in scoring but with the last passes and the pass before the last pass.”
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