Naby Keita is currently injured, but working hard and hoping to be back in contention for Saturday evening’s Arsenal clash.
His start to life at Liverpool has shown promise, but ultimately been stunted by niggling injuries and the form of our other midfielders keeping him out of the side.
Keita though has taken time to express how much he’s enjoying life at his new club and in particular praised Mo Salah and Jurgen Klopp.
His Egyptian team-mate has seven goals so far this season and it looks like he’s about to go on a serious run, as he did this time last year.
“He trains very, very hard,” he told Premier League Productions, cited by the official website. “Every time I go to the gym, he is there. What is happening at the moment is not just luck, it’s all earned. It’s because he has been training so hard.”
The 23-year-old had equal praise for the boss, who has so far tried to bring him into the side slowly.
“It is really special to have him as a coach,” the Guinean continued.
“He is open, you can talk to him and he’s not there for just one player, he’s there for all of us. He is not focusing on one or another player; he is focusing on all of us. He cares and he looks after all of us. It’s a real pleasure to play for him.”
Keita may be ready for the bench at the Emirates, but we can’t imagine he’ll start with Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum doing so well in our past two victories.
Instead, we reckon James Milner will join that duo in a central three, with Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino ahead of them.
Keita, like Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge, will provide exciting options from the bench.