Phil Thompson on Naby Keita: 'He gave an absolutely glorious debut, but you’ve got to do it every week'
- Anfield hero Thompson hails the Guinean after a perfect display vs the Hammers
- He warns the midfielder that the Premier League requires this level of football on a regular basis
Naby Keita delivered an impressive debut in the Premier League opener as he bossed the midfield in a 4-0 win vs West Hams. Reds Live users voted him as Man of the Match and he definitely deserved that recognition.
“Everybody’s really pleased, we’ve waited 12 months for this boy. He’s got great energy, always looking for the ball, great pace as well. He can take the ball, turn very quickly and move up there. He is a ‘Klopp’ player, this high energy. Then he moved centrally as you see here and everybody’s going: ‘give it, give it, give it’.
“You see the positions he’s taking up. They had (James) Milner in there, (Georginio) Wijnaldum in there, Keita in there. You wouldn’t know which one was the holding midfield player, which player was the left, which player was the right.
“The boy’s given as good a debut as I’ve seen. I think with all these things, you go ‘wow, this boy’s a hell of a player’. “I said about players that you sign and where you see them fitting into the structure of your team, I think Klopp with the signings that he actually made, you can see the idea. He fits into it.
“He gave an absolutely glorious debut, but you’ve got to do it every week. That’s the demands of the Premier League.”