The French tactician has disclosed the large affect the Reds’ star has on the Nationwide Elephants
Guinea nationwide group coach Didier Six has lifted the lid on what makes Naby Keita so particular regardless of his fringe position in Liverpool squad this season.
Within the 2020-21 marketing campaign, the 26-year-old midfielder has featured in simply 10 league video games for Jurgen Klopp’s group owing to damage worries, nonetheless, he stays a key determine within the Nationwide Elephants’ group.
When requested if he has constructed the Guinean group round him regardless of his inconsistency at Anfield, the Frenchman emphasised how vital he has been to the squad hoping to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup Qatar.
“It’s not about constructing the group round a selected participant. For my part, Keita has magical toes, and I made a decision to present him the captaincy as a result of he’s a real chief,” Six instructed Fifa web site.
“He’s by no means abrasive along with his team-mates. The best way he talks to them is similar to the way in which Zidane offers along with his gamers, and he communicates the message in a beautiful approach.
“When he got here again from damage, I gave him two full video games in 4 days and he helped us quite a bit, like scoring towards a powerful Mali group in Mali.
“He places himself on the disposal of the group and his team-mates do all they’ll to help him. We all the time want his magic and battling spirit on the pitch.”
To achieve the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Guinea first should negotiate their well past Morocco, Sudan and Guinea Bissau in Group I.
Regardless of tagging his group because the ‘second favourites’ in that zone, the previous Togo and Mauritius handler said that there are not any small groups in Africa, whereas envisioning the derby video games versus Guinea Bissau.
“On paper, we’re second favourites after Morocco however, as I simply stated, groups like Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have had some good outcomes,” he continued.
“This got here as no shock to be me as a result of Africa’s smaller groups have come a great distance and now make issues fairly tough for opponents.
“We’ll play them [Guinea Bissau] the identical as we do the opposite groups however with even larger focus.
“Gamers in search of to signify their nationwide group will need to have combating spirit, as that’s one in every of fundamental causes sides get good outcomes. As coaches, we’re obliged to choose gamers who possess this mentality.”