Naby Keita still adapting to life at Liverpool, says Klopp

Ki-Jana Hoever became the youngest player ever to play for Liverpool in the FA Cup on Monday night after Dejan Lovren was forced off with an injury minutes into their third round tie with Wolves at Molineux. I asked everybody, no signs, nothing, just out of the blue, so that's the decision you have to make.

"People already questioned us even before the season, even now they said this game was already the title".

Guardiola said: "Losing to Liverpool we would have been nearly out and we played knowing we were in or we were out".

If Hoever did play for the first-team this week and continue his development in a similar fashion to that of Alexander-Arnold, it would prove a huge coup for Liverpool over their Premier League rivals.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is still adapting to the Premier League and will have a greater influence on the team in the second half of the season, his manager Jurgen Klopp said.

"It's pretty clear if we make changes who will come in".

"I was fine with the performance, the intensity of the game".

Liverpool faced Wolves in the Premier League on December 21, with goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ensuring a 2-0 victory.

"But could he be a bit more confident in the games? Yes". It was the first one in the league but we lost three or four games before [this season], so no special thing.

At this stage of the FA Cup last season Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo made plenty of changes to his regular line-up, including leaving the likes of Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota and Willy Boly completely out of his squad. "We will see what we do", Klopp said. A little injury here and there and a little setback, but he's a fantastic player and I'm really happy to have him here.

Guardiola said: "I don't know how far we are going to be because maybe (players) not playing the Carabao Cup will be easier for our recovery".

"Everyone saw at the beginning of the season how brilliant he played. "(He's) a player who would play four games a day if he could because of his desire to play football.

  • Marlene Weaver