It’ll take time for Naby Keita to get back to best – Klopp appeals for patience

Naby Keita

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

The Guinea international had been out of games since early August following a muscular problem, with his only previous appearance this season coming from the Community Shield clash with Manchester City.

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James Milner and teenage defender Ki-Jana Hoever got the goals and youngster Harvey Elliott caught the eye in Liverpool’s win at Stadium MK.

It was sometimes heavier going for Naby Keita during his 63 minutes on the field, but Klopp insisted that was to be expected

“Obviously he looked good in moments, he looked really good in moments, but he has to adapt to the position again,” he told reporters.

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“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.

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“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.”

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