Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has returned to full training ahead of the Premier League sides Champions League clash against Porto.
The Guinean midfielder was injured in an ankle attack against Crystal Palace, and was forced to miss the 3-3 draw against Brentford.
Jurgen Klopp is without Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara in the midfield, so Keita’s return could not have come at a better time.
No Thiago Alcantara (calf) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) [but] the rest are available which includes Naby Keita who has been pictured on the training pitches. “There are no concerns at the moment. A big squad will travel [to Porto].” #LFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 27, 2021
It remains to be seen whether the German manager is willing to risk the 26-year-old midfielder as a starter for tomorrow’s game.
The weekend fixture against Brentford saw Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones, and Fabinho all start. The Reds may look to rotate their midfield options in the midweek game.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has had a difficult time with injuries in recent seasons. It would be ideal to start Keita instead. Given his injury history, Henderson is better suited for playing only once per week.
Naby Keita trains with the Liverpool squad ahead their departure for Portugal later this afternoon.#UCL #LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 27, 2021
The return of Keita will not only add more depth to Liverpool’s midfield, but it would also add a new dimension to their style of play.
The 26-year old will bring creativity and protection to the team. Liverpool could benefit from his intelligence, flair, and creativity in the absence Thiago.
Keita is skilled at passing between the lines and breaking down defences, and the Reds needed someone with that skill set to face Brentford.
The ex-RB Leipzig midfielder is currently suffering from injuries and will be looking to overcome them and return to the field in the coming months.
Liverpool beat AC Milan 3-2 in their Champions League opener. They will now be trying to get another win this week to climb up the group leaderboards.
Porto has a talented team, but the Reds have enough to win an away win.