'Such a good player': Sadio Mane loves Liverpool's Naby Keita

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is congratulated by team-mates Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino after he scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and...

Naby Keita has struggled with fitness and form at Liverpool.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Georginio Wijnaldum with Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on August 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England.

Sadio Mane has backed Liverpool team-mate Naby Keita to take the Premier League by storm once he conquers his injury problems.

Keita hasn't kicked a ball for the Reds since May due to an adductor problem which resulted in him missing the Champions League final win over Tottenham in June.

The Guinea international, a £52 million signing by Liverpool, then suffered a hip problem during the Africa Cup of Nations and has been sidelined since.

The former Leipzig and Salzburg star - who played with Mane in Austria - endured a poor first half of last season following the big-money move, but slowly and surely began to establish himself in Jurgen Klopp's side.

 

And his fellow African star is in no doubt that Keita will be a big hit at Anfield once he's fit enough.

He told Complex: "He’s such a great player, so I think everyone will see once he gets over his injures how important he will be for this club. I have no doubts about him!"

Keita might have a difficult time getting into Klopp's best XI.

For the first time in his Liverpool career, Keita has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who was injured for virtually the whole 2018-19 campaign - as competition for a midfield spot, and the former Arsenal man himself is a squad player as things stand, so the Guinea star has work to do.

Naby Keita of Liverpool during the FA Community Shield fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City  at Wembley Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England.

 

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