The Reds defender heaped reward upon his teammate, who has struggled to persistently present what he can do at Anfield
Virgil van Dijk paid tribute to Naby Keita after Liverpool ended their triumphant Premier League season with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday.
Keita made simply 18 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect within the league this season with the 25-year-old combating minor accidents.
The Guinea midfielder did handle to finish the season with a bang, nonetheless, scoring a shocking aim final outing in a dramatic 5-Three win over Chelsea earlier than backing up and taking part in 85 minutes in opposition to Newcastle.
Whereas flying considerably below the radar this marketing campaign, Van Dijk was fast to single Keita out for reward, suggesting his greatest is but to come back at Anfield.
“I’m simply very joyful for Naby, he’s a unbelievable man. He works so laborious and he’s an excellent soccer participant, we see it week in, week out,” Van Dijk advised LFC TV.
“Sadly he’s been unfortunate with some accidents, however hopefully he can keep absolutely match subsequent season.
“I feel he’s world class if I’m completely sincere. I see the moments the place he has the ball, the good strikes and his intelligence, it’s simply unbelievable to see and I’m very joyful for him.”
Keita, who formally joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig in August 2018, endured a turbulent first season with the Reds too and missed out on the Champions League remaining via a groin damage.
The midfielder’s fortunes look like turning nonetheless with Klopp additionally praising Keita after a robust efficiency in opposition to Brighton earlier this month.
“He is getting higher and higher, step-by-step and sport by sport and that is actually cool,” Klopp mentioned of Keita following the 3-1 win.
“I’m actually joyful about that. Lengthy might it proceed, let me say it like this. When him and the boys keep match then every part is ok with the standard they’ve, the best way we play fits them.”
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The Reds have been linked with curiosity in Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara however Luis Garcia not too long ago solid doubt on the necessity for such a signing with Keita now impressing.
“If prime gamers come to Liverpool and it’s important to transfer one of many ones which can be transferring in the mean time, that is not straightforward,” Garcia advised Stadium Astro.
“In the event you see Keita, the best way that Keita performs is just like Thiago. The best way they transfer, the place that they play may be very related. Keita remains to be adapting to the Premier League, are you going to maneuver him from that place?”