What a win for the Reds last night at St Mary’s!
Naby Keïta scored his first goal for the club after Trent Alexander-Arnold flashed the ball across the box for the £52.5million midfielder to head in the opener on his first league start for two months.
In his post-match interview, Jürgen Klopp explained why the team celebration consisted of only a Sadio Mané piggyback.
“I don’t know exactly why (they didn’t celebrate), it’s for sure nothing to do with Naby!
“They were all really happy for him in the dressing room, he had multiple hugs. At 1-1, because we wanted to win, it was not the goal, so all the boys obviously decided not to celebrate it like crazy because there was still a job to do”, the German clarified.
“Still, a fantastic moment for a first goal.
Klopp on Keita: “They were all really happy for him, he had multiple hugs. At 1-1, because we wanted to win, it was not the goal, so all the boys obviously decided not to celebrate it like crazy because there was still a job to do. Still, a fantastic moment for a first goal.”
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That goal was the ideal moment to boost the Guinean’s confidence after his maiden season at the club has seen him struggle to nail down a place in the starting eleven.
“Naby had two difficult situations when he lost two balls in the beginning, but then he was in the game and helped us so much”, Klopp said.
“In the second half he was there, he was there for the small passes, for closing the right spaces, passing in the right spaces, so that was then really good and helped him a lot for sure.”
Despite going a goal down from an early Shane Long goal, the boys showed their fight and bottle to come back to 3-1 and finish the game in style against Southampton.
Five games to go now – all we can do now is keep winning games!