Daniel Sturridge surprised by Naby Keita’s qualities

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has admitted that he is surprised with the output provided by Naby Keita on the playing field. The Guinea international joined the Reds from RB Leipzig for a reported fee of around £52.7m this summer and he has since made a good impression in the pre-season games.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Sturridge said that he has been impressed with the way Keita has coped since making the switch to Merseyside, he said: “I love that guy. I'm surprised how good he is actually, if I'm honest. I knew he was good but I don't watch German football too often. I haven't seen a midfielder like him for a while, he is something different. It's crazy. The things he can do with the ball – he can defend, he can pass, he can dribble, he is fast, he is strong. We share some good times and have a lot of laughs together. I like him a lot, he's a good guy.”

The Reds have had issues with one department or the other which has hampered their title prospects but they appear to have found the right balance this time around with most of their requirements sorted. The goalkeeping position had been underlined as the prime concern after the shambles from Loris Karius in the Champions League final but that has also been resolved with Alisson Becker arriving from AS Roma on a record fee for a shot-stopper.

Liverpool are presently in the second part of their pre-season in the United States where they have already succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City and Manchester United await them for the remaining games during the tour before they head to Europe for friendlies against Napoli and Torino. Thereafter, Jurgen Klopp’s side entertain West Ham United in the Premier League opener on August 12.