Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 04, 2018. 17:00

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has hailed the presence of Guinea international midfielder Naby Keita, Fabinho and his players returning from injury.

The Reds manager is plotting a productive pre-season with Liverpool ahead of the new 2018/19 EPL season and said he is happy to have Keita at Anfield.

Liverpool are back in action on Saturday as they take on Chester at Deva Stadium and have already begun training at Melwood this week.

Klopp saw 28 players onto the pitch in West Derby, including new signing Keita and Fabinho, as well as the recently recovered Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Allan Rodrigues.

With nine friendlies to come, 10 players yet to return and two more sidelined through injury, but Klopp will be running the rule over his remaining squad during a busy summer.

“[I’m] very, very happy to finally have Naby here. It took a while,” Klopp told the club’s website.

“Fabinho is also here and that’s perfect for the moment. It’s even better they can start from the first day with the training because they have to learn the most, they have to adapt to our style of play.

“We have nine games until the season starts and we will need them all. They all are important in a different way – they are here, we can start, that’s good.

“It’s an intense time, but of course a very, very important time.

“You know how the season is, we don’t have a lot of time to do proper training in the physical department over the season, so we have to set the basis now.”

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