In a post-match Q&A, The Athletic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce has said that he wasn’t impressed with Naby Keita’s performance in the 3-2 win against West Ham United on Monday night.
After one Reds supporter said that he was worried that the Guinea international might not be good enough, former Liverpool Echo journalist Pearce provided his own concerns.
He said: “He struggled tonight. Not easy when in and out of the team to just come in and deliver but he needs to do more. Klopp didn’t seem happy with his work off the ball.”
The 25-year-old made his second successive Premier League start against the Irons with captain Jordan Henderson currently out injured.
While Klopp may not have been happy with his work off the ball, as per Pearce, his stats from the clash are far from awful.
Indeed, the former RB Leipzig man made four tackles in his 57 minutes on the pitch, as per SofaScore, while he won eight of the 13 duels he faced and had a passing accuracy of 89%.
Of course, his manager is demanding when it comes to work-rate and winning the ball back however, and the Merseyside outfit certainly weren’t at their intensive best against David Moyes’ visitors on Monday as they narrowly secured a win following a big scare.
Keita has six goals and two assists in 51 appearances for Liverpool in total thus far, and if he wants to have a long-term future at Anfield then it seems he still has a lot of work to do win over both Klopp and Pearce, with the latter simply saying “he needs to do more”.
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