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Klopp gives verdict on Keita, Fabinho’s Liverpool debuts

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists only top-quality talent like new signings Naby Keita and Fabinho will be considered for his squad this summer.

The £100million pair made their first appearances in a Red shirt, playing 45 minutes apiece in the 7-0 friendly win at Chester.

Keita, in particular, slotted in seamlessly after the break and created one goal with his counter-pressing.

Klopp said he was helped by the fact former club RB Leipzig play a similar style and it would take Fabinho longer to adapt as Monaco’s football was different.

Asked what the pair will bring to the side, the Liverpool manager said: “Quality. It’s all good.

“You saw Naby comes from Leipzig and knows the football philosophy as it’s a similar one.

“He’s very sharp in the challenges, very quick in mind in these situations of counter-pressing, his impulses look kind of natural, which is good.

“Monaco played a completely different style, so Fabinho probably needs a few more days.

“But he’s a fantastic football player, a good passer, his challenges are good, a proper defensive midfielder with the option of being a number eight as well.

“If you want to be a part of our squad then you need to be good and these two boys are.”


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