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  • David Tyrer

Keita frustrated but says Klopp doesn't play favourites at Liverpool

So despite having been at Anfield since the start of last season, we've yet to really see the best of Naby Keita.

The Guinea midfielder came with a big reputation from Germany, and was chased by some of Europe's biggest sides, including Barcelona but he has yet to show his best form.

That being said, he's also struggled with injuries, with regular niggles and little knocks disrupting his form every time he gets a sustained run in the team.

And what we have seen of him has, at times, been highly impressive and exactly what we've missed since we lost the likes of Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso. At times, he looks like a box-to-box and a play maker all rolled in to one.

So it's no surprise to hear the 25 year old talk about his frustration so far. And despite what many Reds believe about Klopp having 'favourites' in certain positions, Keita has put those claims to bed.

He told Sky Sports News: "I don't think he has any particular favourites or he has picked anyone out for a special mention, he communicates very freely and openly with all the players.

"He likes to laugh and joke around, he has a very light relationship with all the players."

But he does admit that his injury problems have not made things very easy, with regards to getting regular game time.

He continued: "The key thing is to avoid picking up injuries. Any player in our squad, when they’re at 100%, has a great chance to start the games.

"I always had the ambition to play for a big club and I’ve worked hard to get to where I am today.

"It was difficult getting the injury but I’ve worked hard to get back and get to the condition I’m now in.

"I’ll be continuing in that vain to avoid injuries and hopefully perform week in and week out for the team.

"It was hard for me. I didn’t take it well (missing the final).

"It was a painful experience to miss out on a huge match like the Champions League final. The only thing I can do is reapply myself and try and get the club back there again this year."

Liverpool fans have long-expected Keita to eventually go on to become a first-choice midfielder, much in the same way that Fabinho has and the midfielder will no doubt get his opportunity to impress once again tomorrow night against Arsenal in the league cup.

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