Liverpool's Naby Keita admits it will take time to be at his best

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita says it will take time to justify the £52 million (Dhs 248.8m) fee the club paid him.

The 23-year-old Guinea international – who is expected to start Saturday’s match with Tottenham – told the Liverpool club magazine that it is only normal that it is taking him time to acclimatise to the Premier League after moving from RB Leipzig in July.

Keita signed for the Reds in August 2017 but with the condition he remained with the German side until this season.

“I’ve been told by many people that a lot of overseas players come into the Premier League and they take time to integrate, depending on the circumstances,” he said.

“So playing in the Premier League can be difficult, but I am very motivated to play here, not just for myself and my teammates, but for the club.

“Everybody around me has been very supportive towards me so I am certainly giving everything I can to get settled into the team quickly.”

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Lucas Torreira can be Arsenal's N'Golo Kante says ex-Gunners midfielder Gilberto Silva

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Lucas Torreira has started impressively at Arsenal.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says new signing Lucas Torreira can play the same role for the Gunners that N’Golo Kante has perfected for Chelsea.

The Uruguayan was signed from Sampdoria in the summer, and went on to impress at the World Cup before joining Arsenal, where he has made appearances in each of the club’s first four Premier League games, though all from the bench so far.

Arguably, Arsenal have yet to find an adequate replacement at defensive midfield since Gilberto left the club in 2008, but Torreira is the signing meant to change that record, and he has his predecessor’s backing.

“I watched him in the World Cup,” Gilberto told Goal.

“He did a very good job. If you see the way he plays, he plays the game very simply, he makes things easy for himself on the field.

“He gives protection to the back four and support to the guys up front, he tries to find the best spot to be in. The protective instinct is very natural for him.

“Before he arrived none of the other players were the kind who would sit in front of the back four. It’s a hard job, not everyone wants this job.”

Gilberto was asked about Kante, who won two straight Premier League titles in 2015-16 and 2016-17, with Leicester City and then Chelsea respectively. The Frenchman went on to form part of the fulcrum of France’s World Cup-winning side this summer, and is now generally recognised as one of the top practitioners of his role in the game.

“Of course, you have Kante at Chelsea,” Gilberto said.

“He’s a small player. It’s about how smart they are to play in this position, to find the best ball to give, play nice and simple.”

The Brazilian believes Torreira can have the same impact as the more-feted Kante.

“I hope so. The Premier League is not easy. You have to work hard to be considered a top player and progress game to game, season to season.

“But he’s got the potential. We saw that at the World Cup, where he did a great job for Uruguay.

“Not only this position but football has changed a lot. The way it’s played, the passion of the Premier League, it’s totally different from 10-15 years ago but you have to try and adapt.”

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Harry Maguire signs new five-year deal at Leicester

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England defender Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester, the Foxes have announced.

The 25-year-old joined Leicester from Hull in the summer of 2017 and played every minute of their Premier League campaign last season before helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals.

Maguire, who Manchester United were reportedly interested in over the summer, said on Leicester’s official website: “Ever since I came to this club, I’ve always reiterated how good they’ve been to me.

“They gave me an opportunity to play in the Premier League and built a great platform for me to go and perform at the World Cup, so I thank them a lot. I owe them a lot and I’m looking forward to the future.”

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