Naby Keita’s start to life at Liverpool has been complicated by a hamstring injury.
The midfielder sustained the injury while on international duty with Guinea.
Wednesday’s game against Red Star Belgrade came too soon for Keita but Jurgen Klopp confirmed this week that he is back running on the training ground.
Liverpool supporters were buzzing when the club reached a deal to sign Keita from RB Leipzig last August, and their hope remains despite a mixed run of form.
Part of the transition, of course, entails learning a new language. And the 23-year-old has been working hard to nail his English - and his Scouse.
“I am following a course, I am really motivated to speak English, it is really important for me,” he recently told the Liverpool Echo.
Yet Naby Keita isn’t the only Keita adjusting to life on Merseyside - his brother, Petit, has joined him at Liverpool.
Petit Keita played for Inter Leipzig
That’s right. Petit Keita, a 17-year-old striker, has been training at Liverpool’s academy since leaving Germany side Inter Leipzig in the summer.
According to ESPN, Petit left Germany with Naby when the midfielder officially became a Liverpool player in July.
It isn’t clear whether the Reds plan have offered Petit a contract or plan on doing so.
So, what’s the report on the younger Keita brother?
He followed his brother to Leipzig in 2016 and was signed by a club in the same city.
Inter Leipzig are committed to giving opportunities to players from different backgrounds and they had high hopes for Petit.
The young forward played for the club’s Under-19s last season and sources tell ESPN that they were disappointed to see him leave.
“He's a classic centre-forward, who with aggressiveness and his work rate is up there with the U19s' best strikers," Inter Leipzig coach Heiner Backhaus told Fussball.DE in May.
Backhaus said Keita was “very willing to learn” and was confident that he would break into the first team at Inter Leipzig.
“He still needs a bit of time but I trust him to make the breakthrough if he stays on the ground,” the coach added.
It will be interesting to see how he develops at Liverpool.