Andrew Robertson praised Naby Keita for his display in Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth

  • Kobe Tong
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Liverpool are back in business.

There were suggestions that the Reds were starting to show nerves in the Premier League title race, having dropped four points during draws with Leicester City and West Ham United.

That gave Manchester City the opportunity to go top against Everton and apply pressure on Jurgen Klopp's men, something they achieved virtue of Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus.

However, they say pressure makes diamonds and Liverpool looked to have regained their swagger during a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.

Although it was Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah who produced the goals, there was special praise reserved for Naby Keita.

Keita impressed vs Bournemouth

There have been serious questions raised about the summer signing recently and some of his performances have looked a long way off the standard he set with RB Leipzig.

But against Bournemouth, he was back to his very best and Liverpool fans were raving about his display across Twitter.

Keita made more tackles (7) and ball recoveries (12) any other player on the pitch, and that's without mentioning his remarkable pass to Roberto Firmino for Salah's goal. 


Robertson raves about Keita

It all served as a reminder of Keita's quality and when Andrew Robertson was interviewed after the match, he couldn't help speaking about the 23-year-old.

Not only is it pure class from Robertson but as another player who took his time to settle at Liverpool, it really speaks volumes. 

"On my side, I thought Naby was excellent. He's taken a wee bit of time to settle in, but today was probably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt," he explained after the game.

"He can take a lot of confidence from that, which he will. He's young and he's had to take time.

"You can look at all of us. Fabinho had to take time, me and Chambo, there's a pattern emerging.

"You need to settle in, you need to learn how we play. Everyone forgets how young Naby is, he's only a young boy and he's already a fantastic player.

"The more he shows it, the more that people will be talking about him. But today I thought he was different class and like you say, I'm sure his confidence will be sky-high after today."

Very well said, Andrew. 

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It would be shortsighted to make a judgement on Keita after little over half a season at Liverpool and his true quality came to the surface during the Bournemouth game.

And Robertson is absolutely spot on by identifying the 'pattern' at Liverpool and Klopp seems to have a perfect system when it comes to integrating new players.

If Keita can maintain the kind of form that caused the Cherries so many problems, the criticism will disappear in a matter of weeks.

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