Liverpool star Naby Keita pictured back in training to provide Jurgen Klopp welcome boost
Liverpool have welcomed back Naby Keita to training ahead of the visit of Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The midfielder has missed the past two matches against Watford and Chelsea with a hip problem and is now looking to fit his fitness troubles behind him.
Jurgen Klopp said earlier this week that he was expecting the Guinean to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge but was hopeful he would make the clash with the Cherries.
Now his wishes have been granted, with Keita snapped in action in training today.
The midfielder more than likely would have been starting against Chelsea, but he failed to recover in time for the 2-0 FA Cup defeat.
Keita has had his fair share of good games against Bournemouth since arriving at Anfield.
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In December 2018 he ran the show as the Reds won 4-0 and a clip of a double nutmeg still does the rounds on social media.
At Anfield in the return fixture, he was in full stride as the Reds won 3-0 at a point where he was keeping Jordan Henderson out of the side.
This season, he was on target on the south coast and won man of the match in the 3-0 win on December 7.
It was a performance that would kickstart Keita’s best run of the season, with his confidence levels sky-high at the end of 2019.
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He scored a crucial goal in the 2-0 win at former club RB Salzburg to ensure Liverpool qualified from the Champions League group stages.
Then the 25-year-old found the net in the Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey in Qatar.
There is hope that Keita’s return will closely be followed by Jordan Henderson.
The Reds are hopeful that he could make his return against Atletico Madrid in the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday.
Pundit Jason Cundy recently stated that the 3-2 win over West Ham highlighted just how much Liverpool miss their captain when he is not playing.
“The best Liverpool side has Henderson in it,” he told talkSPORT.
“They were complacent against West Ham. When you go 1-0 up against a side that is fighting relegation, and you are ripping the league to pieces, I think there is perhaps a little bit of room for that.
“Liverpool came unstuck a little bit tonight but they got the three points and I guarantee Klopp will be telling his gang, ‘if you want to do that in the Champions League against Atleti, if you put in a performance like that, there is no way you’re going through, no way on this earth’.
“They’ve got to be better than that. And you wonder whether Henderson’s influence on the pitch might have got them going.”
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