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Report: Jurgen Klopp hasn't given up on Naby Keita just yet

When you are 1-0 down and the game is getting away from you, substitutions become key.

Unfortunately, a number of the manager’s decisions last night against Chelsea had supporters bemused.

Having brought off Mohamed Salah inside the hour mark, the Egyptian international certainly cut a displeased and agitated figure.

The manager manager turned to Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner in a desperate attempt to salvage something from the game.

One player fans were calling for was Naby Keita.

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The Guinean talisman is dynamic, innovative and unpredictable – a number of qualities that were worryingly lacking from the players Klopp entrusted to try and get a result.

However, Klopp did not agree, and Keita will have to wait for his next opportunity.

Conveniently, a report from Goal was released before the game which stated that there is ‘no chance’ of Klopp giving up on Keita anytime soon.

Klopp’s decision to remove Salah early and snub Keita entirely did not work out, and his faith to keep on the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were misguided.

The two players failed to create chance between them nor register a single shot on target all game.

Also, in the case of Mane, Salah created a beautiful opening for his attacking counterpart only for the Senegalese ace to totally fluff his lines.

Firmino, too, was on the peripheral for far too long and his confidence in front of goal looks totally shattered.

Yes, it’s fair to say that Chelsea were impressive and that Liverpool were beaten by the better team, but to not even lay a glove on the opposition is disappointing.

Last night’s fifth consecutive Anfield defeat was certainly up there with the worst of them. It wasn’t as if Edouard Mendy was called into action at all at the home of the reigning Premier League champions.

Keita will get his opportunity, potentially at the weekend against Fulham. The time for a systematic approach has suddenly gone out the window. Klopp simply has to be bolder with the players he picks.

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