Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp felt Naby Keita produced his best performance for the club in victory over Bournemouth.
Keita was singled out for praise by Klopp on the pitch after the final whistle in Saturday's 3-0 win over Bournemouth, and told he'd made a “big step" forward.
He said: “This was a really good game.
“There is still a lot to come, because he is still adapting. Sometimes it takes longer, that's how it is. People lose patience, that's normal. But we don't. You have to talk and explain. For a boy or a young boy – he turns 24 – he made a big move from Leipzig to Liverpool ; he wants to do it right.
“Against Bournemouth , it looked natural. That's exactly where we wanted it to come and where we wanted it to go. It was the big step he needed.
“We have a lot of options. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) maybe could have played. Adam (Lallana) could have played again. But it was clear that Naby was pretty much one of the first on the teamsheet."
Klopp wants his big-money man to find his rhythm and added: “I've said it pretty much about all of the [new] players — we are really demanding. The boys have a lot to learn, if you want. It's not that it's constantly about that."