“The best, by far, Now we have both. That’s cool”: Klopp says £77million duo used to be the best in their league

Daniel Sturridge has reacted to Naby Keita accidentally hitting “the Studge” on Instagram while Anthony Gordon was diving during Liverpool 2-0 Everton.

The Blues midfielder was booked after diving when he overexaggerated contact with Naby Keita in the penalty area.

Stuart Atwell laid down a marker by booking Gordon but Daniel Sturridge has posted a photo reacting to Keita seeming to hit his signature dance move.

Naby Keita has been quietly superb this season and it seems Jurgen Klopp has noticed after the German paid the Guinean high praise.

In this Article

  • Jurgen Klopp compares Keita to Thiago Alcantara and makes Bundesliga claim
  • Keita is quietly shining alongside Keita and Fabinho in Liverpool’s NFT midfield
  • Could Keita earn a new Liverpool contract before the expiry of his deal in 2023?

Naby Keita

Jurgen Klopp compares Keita to Thiago Alcantara and makes Bundesliga claim

When Liverpool signed Keita in 2018, he arrived at the club with an exceptional reputation as a dynamic midfielder with the ability to drive the Reds forward.

His best performance proving that quality was his heroic Carabao Cup performance against Leicester City to help guide the Reds to penalties and ultimately helped reach the semi-finals.

His introduction from the bench allowed Liverpool to drive forward in search of the goals after being brought on for Jordan Henderson on the hour-mark

This past two weeks, he has been complimenting Thiago and Fabinho so well and Klopp has spoken highly of the Guinean and compared him to Thiago.

“Keita and Thiago Alcantara were the best midfielders in Bundesliga by far,” Klopp said. “Keita we bought first, then Thiago. We have them both. That’s cool.”

Keita is quietly shining alongside Keita and Fabinho in Liverpool’s NFT midfield

The former RB Leipzig star is not often the standout player for Liverpool but his role alongside Thiago and Fabinho to win the ball back and keep it has gone under the radar.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

While Keita has battled with injuries in his time at Anfield, he has been much improved this season.

Could Keita earn a new Liverpool contract before the expiry of his deal in 2023?

Keita is heading into the final year of his contract with his deal set to expire at the end of next season.

Much like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – the latter being another Reds midfielder fighting for his place.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson Crystal Palace Selhurst Park Premier League

If he can finish this season on a high and work with Liverpool’s physios to figure out the best way to prepare for next season and avoid injury, there’s every chance.

Klopp rates Keita very highly and so should he. Talent has never been the doubt but rather his physical attributes.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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