Naby Keita has suffered another injury and you could see the frustration on his face as he was substituted against Brighton and Hove Albion.
While you could write a 1000-word article on his injury issues at Liverpool and the impact it’s had on his Anfield career, you cannot deny the influence Keita has had this season.
In fact, the Guinean being fit practically guarantees results for Jurgen Klopp, with Squawka reporting that he has only ever lost four Premier League games – an 81.4% win rate.
Adding to that absolutely incredible statistic, Liverpool have scored 51 goals and conceded just eight in Keita’s last 16 starts, which highlights just how good he can be when fit.
Keita injured again and his frustration was obvious
Liverpool supporters thought they had dodged a bullet after Keita returned to training immediately following Paul Pogba’s brainless challenge on the no.8.
He was stretchered off at Old Trafford, leaving the pitch with a goal and an assist. Fast forward to the 2-2 draw with Brighton and he seems to have suffered a hamstring injury – highlighting his awful luck with muscle injuries.
According to Jurgen Klopp himself, Keita will miss the Atletico Madrid game, and a scan will reveal whether or not he misses any further matches, with a challenging trip to London to face West Ham set to follow the Atleti clash.
When he was substituted, Keita’s frustration, anger and disbelief were painted all too clearly on his face as yet another injury breaks his rhythm in the Liverpool starting XI.
What next for Keita and Liverpool after latest setback?
With Fabinho and Thiago battling with injuries the last couple of weeks, and Harvey Elliott still sidelined after his ankle injury, Jurgen Klopp will be dismayed to lose Keita to another injury after his fantastic form of late.
For Liverpool, this could have serious repercussions as the fixture list becomes more and more congested.
Keita has become a key player in the starting lineup and, if scans reveal serious damage to his hamstring, Klopp will need to work another miracle to get to the New Year without the Guinean no.8.
For Keita himself, he will be worried that this could have a long term impact on his Liverpool career.
He has only got two years left on his deal with the Reds and, while he won’t be pushed out of the club by any means, it could harm his status in the squad when Klopp has a full complement of players.
Keita genuinely has the potential to be the best midfielder in the Premier League, but his injuries continue to prevent him from showing what he’s capable of over a sustained period.
Hopefully, scans reveal only minor damage to his hamstring so he can soon return to action.