Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports’ Monday Might Football (8 April, 7pm) that he thinks Naby Keita is improving at Liverpool, but believes there’s still more to come.
Keita arrived from RB Leipzig in the summer and has had a turbulent start to life on Merseyside thus far.
However, Carragher believes that his goal-scoring performance against Southampton is a sign of things to come.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “There’s no doubt it’s been a slow burner at the club, a lot more was expected and we haven’t really seen enough.
“But what he did do against Southampton, besides the goal, he actually got in the box and had touches, more than any other Liverpool midfield player this season.
“You see the drive from midfield, the one-twos, that’s the sort of Keita we wanted.
“I still don’t think he was out of this world but it was a sign for things to come, what could be added to this midfield and what Liverpool fans have been waiting for.”
Keita’s performance against Southampton was more of what Liverpool fans had expected from the Guinean when he arrived last year.
He was perhaps a little quiet in the opening half-an-hour, and was partly to blame for Shane Long’s opener.
However, after netting his first Liverpool goal, you could see Keita’s confidence soar.
From then, he became influential in midfield and should have won a penalty after a surging run into the box.
Keita grew into an attacking threat while acting as a willing runner and combative presence in the middle of the park.
It’s this kind of performance that fans will want to see more of, especially considering how he started the season.
It seems that when he can get a run of games under his belt, Keita becomes a more prominent figure.
If he can keep fit and continue to put in impressive performances like against Southampton, he’ll be vital this season.
And this would bode well for the coming season, giving Klopp more of a wealth of choice in his midfield.
The £52.75 million fee still hangs around his neck so anything he can do to justify that will be a relief.