Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita needs more game time before he finds his best form at Anfield.

Keita, who arrived at Liverpool from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2018, has had an interesting time at Anfield thus far.

The Anfield faithful have seen Keita play well and poorly. A number of issues have led to Keita not being able to play to the best of his ability consistency since his arrival at Liverpool.

He has been dealt with a number of injury blows, which have halted his progress. Moving to a new league has arguably also played a role in Keita’s slow start to life on Merseyside.

Keita, who cost the Reds £52.75 million, does bring something different to Liverpool’s midfield when he is playing. He has the ability to dribble with the ball at speed, and he also has end product.

Klopp has stated that Keita needs more time on the pitch before anyone sees the best of him in a Liverpool shirt.

Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “Naby is a brilliant player.

“We only have to make sure we have only brilliant players, by the way! That’s sometimes the problem of the players; when you play, you play really well and why should we change?

“I never doubt Naby. Of course he needs games, that’s clear, that’s why he gets games when he is fit.

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GENK, BELGIUM – OCTOBER 23: Naby Keita of Liverpool during the UEFA Champions League group E match between KRC Genk and Liverpool FC at Luminus Arena on October 23, 2019 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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“If you look at when he was fit and how often he played then, not so bad. That’s the situation.

“Thank God, we have a squad that offers us different solutions. We had injuries but nobody speaks about it because we never suffered from it. That is good.

“For the players when they come back, rhythm-wise, look at Joel [Matip] and Dejan [Lovren].

“They both played sensationally for us and now Joel was not in the squad [at Norwich]. That’s really, really hard.

“When they are all fit, this is the situation – that’s for Naby the same and for others.”

Keita is too good of a player to not find his feet at Anfield. There have been times when he appears to be settled, and then another injury appears.

Keita just needs a bit of luck and everything will turn for him. He was solid against Norwich City at Carrow Road on the weekend. Hopefully he can continue in that fashion.

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