According to Liverpool’s Official website, Naby Keita could return to first-team action at the weekend when the Reds host AFC Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp revealed he was hopeful the 25-year-old will be available for selection when Liverpool return to Premier League action for the first time since their 3-0 defeat at Watford last Saturday.
Keita missed Saturday’s crushing defeat that shattered Liverpool’s hopes of going a full PL season unbeaten after 422 days of immortality in the English top-flight were put to bed at Vicarage Road.
The former RB Leipzig talisman will miss tonight’s clash against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth-round bout at Stamford Bridge. Keita started both of the Reds’ PL matches upon Liverpool’s return from the inaugural winter break but missed the Watford defeat due to a muscle defeat.
Discussing Keita’s fitness in his Monday afternoon press conference, Klopp told reporters: “A little, little, a little bit but enough with his hip. I can’t really say more, that’s the only information I got from the medical department.
“[He] is not ready [but] could be ready after that game, but for that game not. It’s not serious but obviously serious enough.”
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A huge boost for Keita, no doubt, who cannot afford to allow injury to hinder his first-team chances in the business period of the season.
The Guinea international has started just four league matches this season for Liverpool and is yet to produce a sustained run in the team since his move from the Bundesliga in 2018.
With Liverpool off the cuff of multiple injuries to some of their key men over the previous few weeks including the likes of Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri, Klopp will look to tinker with his midfield options which could open the door for the Reds’ No.8 upon his return from injury.
Keita, who arrived for £52.97m in 2018 arguably remains the club’s only transfer enigma after Liverpool made the former Salzburg prodigy their third all-time most expensive signing nearly two years ago with injury so far the downfall of his Anfield tenure.
With Liverpool still competing on three several fronts from now until the end of the season, if he can remain fit, Keita will undoubtedly be handed an opportunity to make an impact and showcase his undeniable talent and demonstrate the quality that forced supporters to patiently wait two years for the midfielder’s services.