Jurgen Klopp labelled Naby Keita as a “fantastic football player” after Liverpool got their Premier League campaign off to a brilliant start with a 4-0 victory over West Ham .
All eyes were on the Reds at the start of the season as they were very active in the transfer market this summer – spending over £175million on new players with £52m of that on Keita.
However, any nerves within the Liverpool camp were extinguished when Mohamed Salah gave them a 19th-minute lead with an easy tap-in.
Keita played a huge role in the construction of the goal after finding space, gliding through the heart of the Hammers midfield before having the composure to lay the ball to Andy Robertson who then supplied the cross which Salah finished off.
Sadio Mane scored two goals either side of half-time before Daniel Sturridge made an immediate impact from the bench to score Liverpool’s fourth and final goal of the game.
Every Reds player put in a good shift but Keita was a star performer on what was his Premier League debut.
His display in the first-half impressed some Liverpool fans on Twitter and Klopp echoed these views but claimed there would be more to come from the 23-year-old.
Klopp said: “He [Keita] is a fantastic football player. He doesn’t know how good he can be. We have no clue about it.
“We have only seen signs of it so far. There’s a lot more to come as he’s still a young boy.
“Hopefully he will stay injury-free and then the future is pretty nice.”
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New signings Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also made their first competitive appearances in a Liverpool shirt and the boss was happy with their displays too.
Klopp added: “For a first game I think players could be nervous but both new players were not nervous.
“Shaq [Shaqiri] was also not nervous when he came on. He was immediately a very lively figure on the pitch.”
Liverpool’s next outing is a trip to Crystal Palace on Monday, August 20 while West Ham host Bournemouth on Saturday.