Liverpool have been working wonders in the transfer market in recent windows. We have seen Michael Edwards transform our recruitment policy into the envy of the world. However, one signing has had a tough start despite flashes of brilliance. We must keep Naby Keita fit, he is crucial to our success this season.
As we enter the business end of the campaign, The Reds are out of sight at the top of the Premier League table.
Jürgen Klopp has built his side into the bastion of invincibility first prophesied by Bill Shankly. This invincibility could come back to bite us to an extent in the coming months.
With Liverpool being the most feared side in the world at the moment, our opposition are more likely than ever to park the bus.
When we come up against low blocks and stoic defences, we need a midfielder that can produce moments of magic, a player that can beat his man and drive with the ball.
If we keep Naby Keita fit then we have that man. Unfortunately, he has been missing since picking up an injury in the warm up against Sheffield United on the 2nd of January.
The Guinean midfielder managed to string together a run of games over the winter period and these performances showed what he is about. He scored three goals in three games during December.
Perhaps the most emphatic display was the one Keita gave against Bournemouth, the club record signing scored and assisted against The Cherries.
We saw during these games that he has an attacking intelligence that we have been lacking in midfield of late. Whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has an eye for goal, he is a much more advanced player than Naby.
Keita typically picks the ball up from deep and drives with it, playing one twos or popping up in the box in the nick of time.
The Ox isn’t an 8, we need an 8 when we come up against these deep lying defences. We need to keep Naby Keita fit for these games against stubborn defences.