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Liverpool handed Naby Keita injury boost ahead of Brighton showdown

Even though Liverpool managed to beat Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford in their previous Premier League clash, there was some disappointment in the game with both James Milner and Naby Keita having to go off injured.

Understandably, neither player featured in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Championship club Preston North End in midweek, but it seems as though there has been some good news on that front with their next Premier League clash on the horizon against Brighton & Hove Albion.

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It has recently been revealed that Keita – who was forced off in the second half against United last weekend after a heavy tackle from Paul Pogba which saw the Frenchman shown a red card and the Guinean taken off on a stretcher – returned to first team training on Thursday ahead of the match at Anfield against Graham Potter’s side.

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In today’s pre-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp gave the midfielder the green light to feature this weekend, saying: “Naby Keita looks good, he was lucky. I think he’s ready.”

This should surely be a big boost not only for Keita, who has struggled with many injuries in the past, but also for Klopp and Liverpool fans, who will undoubtedly be over the moon with this news given how the 26-year-old has scored three goals and provided one assist in the nine games he’s played so far this season across all competitions.

Furthermore, Keita has racked up an average of 1.3 shots and 2.5 tackles per game and an average passing accuracy percentage of 86% in the Premier League so far this season, proving himself to be a useful box-to-box midfield option.

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Since joining the Merseyside club three years ago after Liverpool secured a deal with German club RB Leipzig in August 2017 for the midfielder, the 26-year-old has made 85 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and providing five assists in the process.

Taking all this into account, we feel that if Keita is fit enough to start on Saturday, he should definitely be in the starting XI to see if he can add some more goals or assists to his tally for this season to possibly help Liverpool secure victory against Brighton and keep their unbeaten streak going.

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