Graeme Souness believes Jurgen Klopp could already see Naby Keita as Jordan Henderson’s natural successor in the Liverpool midfielder. The Guinea international was in great shape last night as the Premier League champions finally got their hands on the trophy.
He opened the scoring against Chelsea, firing a thunderbolt under the crossbar.
Now the real challenge for Keita is to establish himself as a regular starter for the team next season.
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When asked how Liverpool will maintain their extremely high standards, Klopp said he expects big things from Keita and Curtis Jones next season.
“We won’t stop. We will not stop. We have challenges, internal challenges; we can obviously improve every player, ”he said.
“But with the changes, not only Curtis but Naby only played most of the last part of the season. And how he played… amazing.
“So we have the opportunity to take another step, but we have to do it because the others will not sleep.
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“Chelsea are such a talented team, great football, and we had to give our all on the pitch tonight.
“Then everyone else, Man United, Man City anyway, so there’s no guarantee for anything, but we’ll try.
The competition for places in the Liverpool midfielder has never been higher.
Thiago Alcantara has also been linked with a move to Anfield, but that probably won’t happen unless Gini Wijnaldum leaves.
Jones is expected to fill the void for Adam Lallana, whose contract will expire at the end of the season.
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