Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's win over Napoli
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Naby Keita has been the worst of the big signings Jurgen Klopp has made at Liverpool, according to former Reds star Danny Murphy. The midfielder joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in 2018 for a fee of around £52million but his time at Anfield has been littered with injuries.
Keita has made just one appearance so far this season, playing the last five minutes of the Community Shield win over Manchester City. A hamstring injury has kept him out ever since, though he has been pictured in training recently.
Liverpool have had a shocking start to the season in the Premier League by their usual high standards. Klopp’s side sit ninth in the table with just four wins from their 12 matches.
Murphy says the issues in midfield aren’t as big as some people have made out. However, he says there is a lack of depth in the middle of the park, which led to his damning remark about Keita.
Murphy told talkSPORT: “Although I think Fabinho is a bit down on his form, with him, Thiago [Alcantara] and [Jordan] Henderson fit and playing every week I don’t think the midfield is as big a problem as people make out. Although you would like more choice.
“[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain is never fit. Keita’s probably been the worst signing out of the big ones, all the others have done well.
“And the two young lads, although super talents, you can’t rely on them week in week out, it’s not fair. So, an overview would be there’s lots to improve on and it’s not going to happen overnight.
“The World Cup is going to be a welcome break for Liverpool I think, I really do.” Keita has made just 117 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool after almost four-and-a-half seasons at the club.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool finished second in their Champions League group after beating group winners Napoli 2-0 on Tuesday. Klopp says he knows the quality is there but the consistency is what has been lacking.
The German said: “We don’t doubt the quality, I don’t think anybody doubts the quality. But that’s part of the problem as well – we don’t show consistency.
“That’s why I mentioned the second goal against Leeds as an example for our situation. It’s a situation where you have to defend with all you have but we are chasing the game, even when it’s around our 18-yard box.
“We are Liverpool, a top team. Nobody forgot what we did last year, the boys didn’t forget that, but it’s now not important really.”
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