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I Am Ready To To reclaim starting spot - Naby Keita Vows As He Speaks On Liverpool Torment

Naby Keita has spoken about his Liverpool injury worries and what can come next under Jurgen Klopp

Naby Keita has declared himself back to full fitness as he revealed his torment at the injury that cost him a chance of Champions League glory with Liverpool.

Keita missed the European Cup final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in June with a hip problem suffered during the semi-final first leg defeat at Barcelona.

The Guinean subsequently twice aggravated the problem, which has restricted him to just eight appearances this season and only 14 minutes of Premier League action.

The midfielder sat out the midweek Champions League draw with Napoli through illness but is available for this afternoon's Premier League visit of Brighton and Hove Albion.

And with another home games to come against Everton on Wednesday, and the absence of the stricken Fabinho for the remainder of the year, Keita is convinced he can start playing a significant part for Jurgen Klopp's side.

"I would love to be involved," he said. "My injury put me back a bit but now I feel as though I am back. I've been quite pleased with my form but I'd like to do better.

"I feel that, if I get to play in a lot of matches, I can really try to help the team. I try to play every training sessions as if it were a match and I always try to raise my game.

"I raise my head and hope to be selected to go our there an play and win."

Of missing out on a Champions League final appearance, Keita said: "It was quite hard for me. All players dream of playing in a big final like that and it would have been great for me.

"I was rather sad and I can't say it didn't affect me."

If selected this afternoon, Keita will look to extend an unusual run of having featured in 27 Premier League games without once being on the losing side - a record.

But the Guinean is more concerned with the Reds surpassing their landmark tally of 97 points last season and securing a first championship since 1990

Source: TheLiverpoolEcho

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