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Our view: FIFA Club World Cup final is the defining match Naby Keita has been waiting for

Liverpool are on the verge of becoming world champions for the first time in the club’s 127-year history. The Europan champions await Flamengo on Saturday in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Jurgen Klopp’s team secured passage to their first CWC final since 2005 after beating Monterrey on Wednesday evening. One man who was on the scoresheet in the Reds’ last-four victory was £52 million signing (BBC Sport) Naby Keita.

The former RB Leipzig player made it three goals in as many matches after scoring Liverpool’s opening goal in midweek. He is still yet to register a run of games that justify his hefty price tag.

Keita, 24, has been hindered by a number of reoccurring injuries since signing for the Reds back in 2018. The Guinean international has only started one Premier League match all season.

Despite his recent return to form, Keita has seriously struggled following an injury sustained against Barcelona back in April. It was the first real glimpse of faith Klopp had entrusted with the Reds’ No.8 but he was halted off just minutes into the encounter.

One gleaming statistic for Liverpool is that Keita has scored in every match he started for the Reds this season. On the basis of his most recent performance, the former Salzburg star should be handed a place in the starting XI on Saturday.

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 18: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrating after scoring the opening goal during the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match between Monterrey and Liverpool FC at Education City Stadium on December 18, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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Klopp recently stated that his team selection is usually based on momentum. With the likes of Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum currently sidelined due to injury, Keita is arguably Liverpool’s most inform midfielder option.

Keita has had the patience of numerous Kopites due to injury but with a final on the horizon and a Premier League title to win, time could be limited if there isn’t a defining moment for the Liverpool man soon.

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