Klopp was vocal in his support of Keita’s call-up to the Guinea squad for the November international break, despite the midfielder’s recent lack of minutes.
The 23-year-old made a stoppage-time cameo in the 2-0 win over Fulham last time out, having spent the previous five games on the sidelines after hamstring problems.
But after playing the full 90 as the Syli Nationale marked qualification for next summer’s Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-1 draw with the Ivory Coast, he should be fit to start.
And with that trip to Parc des Princes followed by the Merseyside derby at Anfield four days after that, it could be that Keita is reserved.
This is Anfield posed the question on our Facebook page on Monday, with 14,700 supporters having their say:
A resounding 80 percent want to see Keita return to action from kickoff at Vicarage Road, in what would be his first start for Liverpool since the 1-0 loss at Napoli on October 3.
Klopp is certainly not short of options in the middle of the park, with the likes of Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner all available, though Jordan Henderson missed England’s last clash of the break as a precaution.
Reds supporter Alex Whittley believes it is “time to give him a run of games [to] see what he’s made of,” with Finbarr Lanre agreeing, writing “you better keep starting him until he adjusts and gets better.”
If Keita does start at Watford, it could be that he is then brought off in the second half—for, say, Milner or Henderson—with a view to building his fitness over back-to-back appearances.
With Liverpool having spent £52.75 million to bring him to Anfield from RB Leipzig there is clearly belief he can fire once settling.