Klopp hails Keita's progress that became obvious after 3-0 at Bournemouth
Jurgen Klopp's patience finally paid off - Naby Keita produced an outstanding performance against Bournemouth. After the game, the German tactician revealed he has no doubts about starting the Guinean against the Cherries.
"Hendo maybe could have played. Adam [Lallana] could have played again but it was clear that Naby was pretty much one of the first on the teamsheet but for different reasons," said Klopp.
The boss went on to explain why exactly Keita suffered a minor setback. The reason was adapting to the tasks and the way they should be completed.
"We are really demanding," said the manager. "The boys have a lot to learn, if you want – it’s not that it’s constantly about that. It’s just that adapting to what we want always leads to a little drop. It was a big step [for Keita], this game.
"The second half against West Ham was a big step but nobody really realised it because nobody was happy with the game and nobody talked about this. We will probably see a couple of bad halves from Naby in the future, that’s completely normal.
"But it was clear the whole week the second half was really important to him. The position was clearer and clearer. This was a really good game. There is still a lot to come because he is still adapting. Sometimes it takes longer, that’s how it is. People lose patience, that’s normal – but we don’t.
"This was obviously one of the best games he’s played. It looked natural. That’s exactly where we wanted it to come and where we wanted it to go."