In a fortnight that has seen the agony of no Premier League action for Liverpool supporters, the transfer rumour mill was sent into overdrive during the winter break.

Whether it was Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner or Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool were amongst the elite touted with an interest for a signature.

But, during a time of reflection and preparation for the gruelling upcoming schedule, it is can be beneficial to look at what you already have rather than what can be obtained next.

In the modern market, transfer fees and salaries tend to reach a rather astronomical realm without so much as a flinch when ten-figure sums are thrown on the table.

For Liverpool, they have had to deviate from this approach. The Reds have adopted their own transfer scheme that looks to find hidden gems from uncharted territory.

FSG and in particular Michael Edwards have been able to meticulously transform rough diamonds into superstars.

 

Whether it’s Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s track record in the transfer market is something to behold.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Naby Keita of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on February 1, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The only enigma that still remains from Liverpool’s recent business is Naby Keita. The £48m [BBC Sport] signing from RB Leipzig has seen his Reds career plagued by injury and is still yet to build enough momentum for supporters to deliver a verdict on the talented Guinean playmaker.

The 25-year-old has only featured in 16 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League leaders this season – seven of them starts.

Meanwhile, Keita has only been included in a Premier League starting XI on two occasions this campaign. Considering the former Salzburg star was made Liverpool’s third all-time most expensive signing it was expected he would have had more of an impact nearly two years into his spell with the club.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Naby Keïta of Liverpool FC during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

However, Keita himself is by no means at fault for the early shortcomings. Every time he seems to have built some sustainable momentum an injury setback is typically waiting around the corner.

His latest hindrance came via a groin problem during Liverpool’s 2-0 victory against Sheffield United last month. Keita pulled up in the warm-up and was sidelined for a further three weeks but has since made brief cameos from the bench against West Ham and Southampton.

With nine upcoming matches in the next five weeks, Keita’s return has come at the perfect time for Klopp. With the manager having to balance the Premier League on top of a Champions League and FA Cup campaign, supporters will be hopeful that Keita’s stop-start Liverpool tenure is about to build up some speed.

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