Naby Keita

Naby Keita speaks about his relationship with Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge

After completing his switch to Liverpool from RB Leipzig on July 1st, Naby Keita has been speaking about his new life in Liverpool, settling in at the club and his relationship with Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge.

‘I’ve spent a lot of time with him’

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com Naby Keita said,

“I have to say I’ve got a lot of respect for him [Sturridge}.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with him in this last month and everybody has been very nice to me and very friendly, of course, but Daniel’s obviously a player with great experience and he’s a very good player as well. 

‘You develop a good understanding on the pitch’

Keita also commented upon how he and Sturridge work on the pitch.

“Like a lot of the lads, he’s a good laugh, but he’s also given me a lot of advice about the settling-in process and also in terms of motivation. He’s a very positive and motivating player, so this month has been very good and I’ve spent a lot of time with him. He’s a great guy.

“It’s like with all players, you develop a good understanding on the pitch and I’ve certainly done that with Dan. 

“It’s the same with everybody, but I’m very happy when I get the opportunity to play together with Dan Sturridge.”

“Settling in the city so far has been fine because I haven’t really been out to too many places, I’m usually at home. But as far as settling into the club goes, it’s been fantastic,” the Guinea international stated.

“My first day was marvellous, everybody was very welcoming and very friendly towards me so I had no difficulties there at all. The key thing now is to get to work and show the capacity of what it is that I can bring to this club.”

BURY, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Bury and Liverpool at Gigg Lane on July 14, 2018 in Bury, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Versatile midfielder

Keita began his career in France with Istres Football Club for whom he played 23 games, in which he scored four and assisted nine.

Red Bull Salzburg would then sign Keita for a fee of around £1.35m in July of 2014 and he would go on to make 81 appearances for the Austrian side, scoring 20 and assisting 11 in that time.

Keita then joined up with RB Leipzig in 2016 for a fee of around £21.6m and went on to play 71 games for them, in which he scored 17 and assisted 15.

The midfielder then agreed to join Liverpool for a huge fee of £54m and is expected to make his Premier League debut tomorrow when the Reds take on West Ham.

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