We all want him to do well. He keeps promising to do so. Whenever he manages to get a full game under his belt, he tends to show flashes of brilliance. However, injury problems have blighted Naby Keita’s Liverpool career so far. The Reds’ club record signing at the time was brought in to provide a creative spark in the midfield but his inability to put together a string of games has left him struggling to repay his fee.
The Reds face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this weekend. The Blades are midtable, 12 points behind the European champions. Chris Wilder has threatened to lineup against Liverpool with a “back 10” as the visitors are set to dominate possession and the hosts are wary of pressing because Jürgen Klopp’s men could exploit any space left behind with their superior ability on the ball.
Naby Keita could be key to unlocking a deep lying defence. He has a tendency for driving forward through midfield when he receives the ball, playing 1-2s on the edge of the box to break through opposition lines. Keita managed just over an hour against MK Dons on Wednesday night and he looked sharp at points. The game against MK Dons was his first competitive fixture of the season as the Guinean looks to regain match fitness in order to stake a claim for a regular place in the side.
If the ex-Leipzig man picks up another injury this weekend or doesn’t perform to the best of his abilities, it could be the beginning of the end of his Liverpool career. There is only so long we can wait for him before he regrettably becomes another Adam Lallana. Fingers crossed Saturday is the start of a run of games for him in the Liverpool side.