Jurgen Klopp has recently assured Liverpool fans that Naby Keita is nearing a return from injury, but an exact date he could be back in action is still unknown.
He was since ruled out of the African Cup of Nations as a result of a groin injury and although he made a return in the Community Shield he aggravated his injury further when training ahead of the Super Cup, from which he is still yet to recover.
In response Liverpool have, according to The Liverpool Echo, placed the midfielder on a bespoke training schedule during the international break in an attempt to accelerate his recovery, and the time spent at the training ground over the break will at least allow the club’s physios to keep a careful watch on his progress.
The 24-year-old has been unable to make the impact he would have hoped for so far in his Liverpool career, making only 16 Premier League starts in 2018/19.
As a result, even if fit he would be unlikely to replace one of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson or Georginio Wijnaldum in the team, and therefore Jurgen Klopp shouldn’t be desperate to get him back too quickly, although he would be a useful option to have.
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Moreover, Liverpool have started well and have other players to come in ahead of him if need be, and the longer he spends out of the squad now, the more energy he will have throughout the rest of the season – which could prove very valuable later in the year.
The medical team must take care to ensure he is full fit when giving him the green light. He has already aggravated injuries before and if it happens again it could hinder Klopp’s men at a later stage in the campaign.