Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Naby Keita have struck up an unlikely partnership.
The Egyptian forward has long been one of Jurgen Klopp’s best players. Keita, on the other hand, has struggled since joining the Reds in the summer of 2018.
As of late though he has been playing well and linking up beautifully with Liverpool’s most prolific goal-scorer of the decade.
That link up continued to flourish as Liverpool advanced to the Club World Cup final by beating Monterrey 2-1.
Since being brought back into the fold, Keita has played three times. During each game the Guinea international has been able to link up well with Salah and have a massive impact on our results.
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The Liverpool midfielder has scored three times so far in December and two of his goals have been set up by Salah. The Egyptian has been in prolific goal-scoring form himself this month. He has scored four goals in three games, one of which was assisted by Keita.
This period has given Keita a new lease of life. His time at Anfield has been plagued by injuries and indifferent performances. The energetic midfielder now appears to be someone we can rely on heading into 2020.
Salah himself has struggled of late. An ankle knock, combined with a busy schedule, meant he was unable to fully recover. That problem now appears to be behind him, with the forward in exceptional form heading into the hectic festive period.
The potential of the link-up between these two players has no limit. Both are world-class footballers, who are clearly able to anticipate what the other is about to do. Liverpool have been blessed with these midfield/striker link ups throughout the years.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were the last partnership to light up Anfield. The Brazilians had an almost telepathic connection before Liverpool’s magician made the ill-fated decision to move to Barcelona. Prior to that Steven Gerrard expertly linked up with both Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez during epic but failed title tilts under Rafa Benetiz and Brendan Rodgers.
The Reds will be hoping Salah and Keita can reach the heights of these partnerships. If so, we are in for another great year in 2020.