Liverpool star Sadio Mane compares team-mate to Man Utd legend

However, his time with the Merseysiders has often been frustrated by injuries and poor form reducing him to a mere eight goals and four assists in 81 appearances.

Difficulties in finding consistency have also seen him fall down the pecking order, with youngster Harvey Elliott also pushing him further down, before the 18-year-old suffered a dislocated ankle in the 3-0 victory against Leeds United.

But, Keita has still played a part in Liverpool Champions League and Premier League triumphs since over the last three seasons.

And with Elliott set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines, and Thiago limping off against Palace, he now has a golden opportunity to stake his claim and cement a first-team spot.

Before Keita’s vicious strike added an extra gloss on the result, Liverpool were cruising against Palace.

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