Jurgen Klopp believes that midfielder Naby Keita is on the cusp of fulfilling his Liverpool potential.
The Guinea international has had a tough year, with a succession of injuries, but looked impressive when he came off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday.
The 24-year-old has spent most of the last six months on the treatment table with various issues but played a part in Liverpool’s equaliser at Old Trafford, and Klopp thinks the former RB Leipzig star is edging his way towards showing his best form.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League game at Genk, the Reds boss said: “When will we see Keita at his best? Soon. Naby is one and a half or two weeks in full training around about.
“He looks good and that is why he played [against Man Utd], they all did, that is why we made the changes (Keita, Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain). We made them because we really knew they could have an impact in that game, it was the best news of the whole day at Man Utd.
“Not the result, not the goalscorer, which was nice, but these three guys who are important players for us can perform like this in a game where they don’t have rhythm and they don’t play that much, that they can perform like this in a game.
“In training, I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long before [we see Keita at his best].”