Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has told a story about Naby Keita that proves the midfielder has lots more to offer in a Liverpool shirt.
The Guinean has been Jurgen Klopp’s only real flop of a signing since the German took over the club.
His £53m (Sky Sports) move from RB Leipzig in 2018 has been unsuccessful thus far.
While injuries have been the big issue, many feel that it could be time for the Reds to cut their losses on Keita.
Yet the latest story from Lijnders leads us to believe that the 26-year-old has more to offer yet.
The Dutch coach was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about a quiz night that was held on Sunday night in the team’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
He said: “As well as question rounds, we also had some activity rounds.
“I have to say, the highlight was Naby doing about 50 keepy-ups with a tennis ball… in his flip-flops!
“That was just crazy!”
Lijnders acknowledges Keita talent – he still has Anfield future
Doing 50 keepy-uppy’s are hard enough to do with a football and a pair of football boots.
Doing them with a tennis ball in flip-flops is near impossible for the regular person.
Yet Naby Keita can do it with ease by the sounds of things. It is just evidence of how much talent that he possesses.
It may not seem like much, but Lijnders was clearly blown away by Keita’s party piece.
This is a man that sees players of the absolute highest level playing football every single day. He has probably seen every piece of otherworldly skill that you can imagine.
Yet he still calls what Keita did “just crazy”.
In terms of footballing ability, Naby Keita is one of the very best players in the squad.
The fact that he misses so much action through injury has led many to forget this.
For us, it is quite clear that if he was available to play every game, he would be recognised as one of the best midfielders on the planet.
Yes, his unavailability is frustrating.
But he is too good to not take one more chance on. Just take one quick look at his underlying numbers and you will have all the proof you need.
This Lijnders story is just the latest piece of evidence.