How West Ham & Bournemouth matches have been key for Naby Keita

Liverpool 3 – Bournemouth 0

Liverpool picked up another three points on Saturday at Anfield against Bournemouth.

Goals from Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum and Mo Salah proved decisive for the Reds.

Following Man City’s 6-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday, Liverpool remain second in the table on goal difference.

Liverpool will soon have the chance to move three points clear of Man City when they face Man United in their game in hand.

West Ham, Bournemouth & Naby Keita

Liverpool fans have had to be patient with Naby Keita this season.

The Reds coughed up £48 million to meet RB Leipzig’s release clause for Keita.

However supporters may be able to count on one hand the number of excellent performances Keita has made this season.

One of those games was away at Burnley back in December.

However, according to Jurgen Klopp (as reported in the Times), Liverpool’s last two matches against West Ham and Bournemouth have been significant for the Guinean:

We have a lot of options — Hendo [Jordan Henderson] maybe could have played.

Adam [Lallana] could have played again, but it was clear that Naby was pretty much one of the first on the team-sheet but for different reasons.

The second half against West Ham was a big step, but nobody really realised it because nobody was happy with the game and nobody talked about this. Maybe people liked to talk more about the negative things from the first half with Naby.

We will probably see a couple of bad halves from Naby in the future, that’s completely normal. But it was clear the whole week the second half was really important to him.

There is still a lot to come because he is still adapting. Sometimes it takes longer. People lose patience. That’s normal, but we don’t.

I’ve said it pretty much about all of the [new] players, we are really demanding. The boys have a lot to learn. I’ve said this [before], and you can look back on your notes, adapting to what we want always leads to a little drop.

Today it looked natural. That’s exactly where we wanted it to come and where we wanted it to go. It was the big step he needed.

Also see: Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser admits he wants Liverpool to win the league.

Liverpool’s formation switch vs Bournemouth was great news for Mo Salah.

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