A 2-0 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League could serve as the perfect tonic for an ailing Liverpool, still feeling the effects of the last Merseyside derby back in October.
Virgil van Dijk‘s absence since that day at Goodison has impacted the entire campaign, with Fabinho left to fill in for the Dutchman as Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also saw their seasons ended in the months to follow.
But in one of the final training sessions before the derby, Fabinho was again not involved as he works his way back from a muscle injury.
Jurgen Klopp oversaw a positive workout at Kirkby on Thursday afternoon, with Keita back as part of team training following an extensive individual rehabilitation programme.
The Guinean could therefore be considered as part of the squad on Saturday, but Klopp faces a bigger issue at the back, with Jordan Henderson likely to partner Ozan Kabak for the third consecutive game.
Instead, Adrian and Marcelo Pitaluga were involved in rondos and small-sided games, though no conclusions should be made until Klopp holds his press conference at 1pm.