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Klopp Believes Naby Keïta’s Time is Coming

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The boss believes that Keïta is well on his way to hitting his best form.

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Naby Keïta has had a rocky start to the beginning of his Liverpool career. He arrival was much-anticipated, precipitated as it was by a year of waiting for the transfer to go through. However, injuries and a stacked midfield have seen Keïta’s playing time limited.

While not starting on Sunday against Manchester United, the Guinea international made a big impact off the bench, revitalizing a lackluster midfield and helping to create the Adam Lallana goal that levelled the scoring.

With a heavy fixture list looming, having Keïta in his best form would be a huge boost for Klopp and the whole team as they continue to compete in four competitions.

And Klopp seems confident that we could be seeing that soon. When asked about it in advance of the Genk game, he said:

“When will we see Keïta at his best? Soon. Naby is one and a half or two weeks in full training around about. He looks good and that is why he played [...] We made them because we really knew they could have an impact in that game, it was the best news of the whole day at Man United.

“Not the result, not the goalscorer, which was nice, but these three guys who are important players for us can perform like this in a game where they don’t have rhythm and they don’t play that much, that they can perform like this in a game.

“In training, I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long before [we see Keïta at his best].”

A “Keïta at his best” playing along with our front three would be a sight to see and an actual, living nightmare for any of our rivals. Here’s hoping we actually get to see it.