Jurgen Klopp says Naby Keita is still adapting to life at Liverpool

Naby Keita in action for Liverpool against Southampton

There was a lot of anticipation surrounding Naby Keita's summer move to Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp had been a long term admirer of the Guinean international and finally sealed a deal for him that would see him join in the summer of 2018.

However, he has endured a very slow start to life at Liverpool.

He's made just 17 appearances for the Reds this season and still has not opened his account for the Merseyside club.

Despite being available to play, he has not appeared in any of Liverpool's past three Premier League games.

Put simply, he has not looked like a player that Liverpool paid £52.75million for.

Jurgen Klopp has spoken very openly about Keita in his recent press conference.

The 23-year-old has now been at the club for a little over six months, but Klopp believes he is not the the same player he was at Leipzig because he is still adapting to life in England.

When asked if there's a reason for his recent lack of involvement, Klopp replied: "No. That is sometimes how it is. I spoke to him. [With] Naby everything is fine. I am completely happy with him.

 Naby Keita has not featured in any of Liverpool's last three Premier League games

"Could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes.

"Is he exactly the player in his best time at Leipzig? No, but he is still adapting - that is how it is."

It might come as a slight concern that Keita is still adapting at Liverpool, despite being at the club for just over six months.

Klopp went on to defend Keita by saying how brilliant he had been at the start of the season.

"Everybody saw, not only at the beginning of the season, how brilliantly he played in the first part. Tottenham [away] was a fantastic game from him without thinking too much," Klopp added.

Jurgen Klopp watches on as Naby Keita tackles Danny Rose

"Then we made a change around pre-[Manchester] City game. The boys have to deal with it and then a little injury here, little injury there.

"It was kind of a little setback but he is a fantastic player and I am really happy to have him here. I am really looking forward to our common future.

"You see every day, wow, there is so much to come and so much influence he can have on each game. That's all good.

"There was no reason - just because other boys were in good shape as well. It was a bit about positioning and system - that is how football decisions are. There is really no doubt about the boy, he is an outstanding player."

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