Naby Keita was in excellent form against Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon and showed why Liverpool were prepared to wait a year to sign him after initially agreeing a deal for him in 2017.

The Guinean was superb against the Cherries as he led Liverpool for most touches (120), passes in Bournemouth’s half (63), duels (15) possession gains (12) and tackles (7).

It was a performance that Jurgen Klopp says he expected even though he believes Keita still has plenty of room to improve in.

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“You need a good performance. The second half against West Ham was good, the first half wasn’t that good but the second half was really good,” the manager told

“If you fall into a little hole you have to make sure you get out by yourself. That’s what he did in the second half at West Ham and it was clear this game would be the next step for him.

“It was really nice to see that game and see how the people appreciate it. He is in a lot of situations, passing these little balls through a really tight midfield. It’s just good. And there’s a lot more to come. That was a good one.”

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