Premier League: ‘It is really special to have him as a coach’: Naby Keita hails Jurgen Klopp

Premier League: ‘It is really special to have him as a coach’: Naby Keita hails Jurgen Klopp

Naby Keita has heaped praise on Jurgen Klopp, claiming it is ‘really special’ to play under the German coach at Liverpool.

Keita made his long-awaited move to Merseyside over the summer following an impressive spell with German side RB Leipzig.   

The 23-year-old midfielder has made 10 appearances for the Reds but is currently out sidelined with a hamstring issue. 

Naby Keita has claimed it is 'really special' to play under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Naby Keita has claimed it is 'really special' to play under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Naby Keita has claimed it is ‘really special’ to play under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

The central midfielder made his long-awaited move to Liverpool from RB Leipzig this summer

The central midfielder made his long-awaited move to Liverpool from RB Leipzig this summer

The central midfielder made his long-awaited move to Liverpool from RB Leipzig this summer

But without him Klopp’s side have maintained their impressive start to the season, most recently with a 4-1 win over Cardiff. 

The Reds are second in the Premier League and Keita has hailed the man-management skills of their manager. 

‘It is really special to have him as a coach,’ Keita said

‘He is open, you can talk to him and he’s not there for just one player, he’s there for all of us. He is not focusing on one or another player, he is focusing on all of us. He cares and he looks after all of us. It’s a real pleasure to play for him.’

Following the arrival of Keita and Brazilian Fabinho, Liverpool have lots of competition for places in central midfield.

'He is not focusing on one or another player, he is focusing on all of us,' Keita said of Klopp

'He is not focusing on one or another player, he is focusing on all of us,' Keita said of Klopp

‘He is not focusing on one or another player, he is focusing on all of us,’ Keita said of Klopp

With the arrival of both Keita and Fabinho (above), Liverpool have a wealth of midfield options

With the arrival of both Keita and Fabinho (above), Liverpool have a wealth of midfield options

With the arrival of both Keita and Fabinho (above), Liverpool have a wealth of midfield options

With Keita, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner in their ranks, Klopp has a wealth of options at his disposal.

But the Guinea international sees this as a positive, insisting: ‘I’m really happy to be able to play with them.

‘I’m learning from their experience. I’m training with them and trying to get better; I watch them and the coach of course says, ‘You need to do this, you need to do this.’

‘That makes me feel like I want to do better, I want to progress. I’m so lucky and happy to train with them.’ 



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