Liverpool take on West Ham United this Wednesday night. The Reds are nailed on favourites for the game given their nearly flawless league form. West Ham away could be the ideal game for Naby Keita to return in.
The Reds have been without Keita since he pulled up in the warm up against Sheffield United at the start of the month.
The Guinean midfielder had been finally showing his best form during the festive period.
Keita scored and assisted against Bournemouth before netting in successive games against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League and Monterrey in the Club World Cup.
The chronically crocked midfielder was a club record signing when The Reds agreed to pay his £48m release clause in 2017.
His Anfield career has been hampered by injury, hence why it was such a shame that he pulled up before kick off against the Blades given that he had finally hit a rich vein of form.
The Guinean was on the bench last weekend when The Reds drew away at Shrewsbury Town.
Fingers crossed he is fit enough to start against The Hammers as West Ham away is the ideal game for Keita to return in.
The East London side are outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, they are in a sorry state and David Moyes has failed to turn the ship around so far.
The Reds will be expected to dominate possession in the tie, this is where Keita is vital.
The ex-Leipzig man is a master of finding space and breaking defensive lines.
When we come up against a low block he is adept at playing neat one-twos and beating his man. We will likely see an unadventurous, defensive display from the hosts – Keita is the perfect choice to break this down.