Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the "outstanding" Naby Keita has yet to breed the shape that persuaded him to sign the midfielder – but says he has a bright future at Anfield.
The 23-year-old started his Liverpool career brilliantly and has made 18 appearances so far this season but he has failed to feature in the past 3 matches for the Premier League leaders.
However Klopp is ready to offer the Guinea international, who arrived from Rb Leipzig during the summer, time to adapt.
I spoke to Naby. Everything is ok. i'm completely happy with Naby," said the Liverpool boss.
Could he be a bit a lot of confident in the games? yes. Is he exactly the player in his best time at Leipzig? No. he's still adapting, that is how it is.
Everyone saw at the beginning of the season how good he played."
Klopp said minor injury issues had held the player back but he was a welcome addition to the squad.
It is so good and i am looking forward to our common future," he said. "You see it every day, wow, there's so much to come and there's such a lot influence he can have on each game."
He added: "There is really no doubt concerning the boy, he's an outstanding player."
Keita is likely to get a begin in the fa cup tie at Wolves on Monday as one of a number of players in need of pitch time.
Another of those is Adam Lallana, who has also had his struggles with injuries.
I can tell you it's a decent opportunity for all the players," added Klopp. "Adam is really in outstanding shape. It's unbelievable. it was close in the last game whether we started him or not. he's really, really good."