Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp explains decision to drop Naby Keita against Leicester

Keita has hit the ground running at Anfield since his summer arrival from RB Leipzig.

The Guinean international has been playing alongside James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in Liverpool’s midfield three, meaning Henderson has had to sit on the bench in all three games so far this season.

The England hero is back in the starting XI today for the visit to Leicester.

And Klopp has revealed why he has opted to recall the club captain despite Keita’s solid early-season form.

“I thought it made sense for the game today,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“We have to [be], if you want, rock solid, in all departments because Leicester is a good football-playing side, so we need to defend very well, to be really compact and all different things so it helps when the boys are used to this.

“This midfield played pretty much the last third of the last season unchanged, so that’s the reason.

“On the other hand, it’s about being fresh and all that stuff.”

New signing Fabinho has only been on the bench for one game so far this season.

But the Brazilian is not on the bench for the trip to the King Power this afternoon.

Speaking recently, Klopp said: “It is about players understanding the position and who else is available as well – otherwise Fabinho would have been involved in the squad, as he was in the first week.

“That is it. It is different football to what he is used to but he is improving already with big steps.

“I can see that in the sessions and that is cool.

“You see Andy Robertson running around here at Melwood now and he’s a completely different person to the one who was here in the first three months.

“That’s how it is, but everything will be fine.

“Fabinho is used to playing at a high level in France.

“It is not about who we play but about how we play.

“For sure it is not nice for a new player. It never was but it is all fine.”


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