Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on Naby Keita’s injury status after Liverpool’s defeat at Old Trafford. Goal.com insider Neil Jones writes that the Liverpool camp is now fearful of another long-term injury to the African.
When Keita was not found in the Liverpool squad at Old Trafford, it was considered suspicious by some, as it was seen in light of the speculation surrounding the 27-year-old’s future at Anfield, with German journalist Florian Plettenberg claiming it last week. Keita is unhappy with his Liverpool status, and could be sold before the transfer window closes at midnight on September 1.
This was later refuted by Klopp, who stated that it was out of the question to sell Keita this summer, although the player could leave Liverpool for free next summer if he does not sign a new contract by then.
It’s a muscle injury
Goal.com However, reports indicate that Keita’s injury is real, and that Liverpool’s management also fear it could be dangerous and keep the midfielder out for a long time. Jones wrote on Twitter that it was a muscle injury, and stated that Keita will have a scan today.
– He was injured yesterday. The injury needs further evaluation, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be training tomorrow. We need to do more research. And Klopp told the press after the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford that he missed training yesterday, the game tonight, and how much time he will miss.
The Liverpool coach now has to deal with the injury crisis. Yesterday he had up to ten players unavailable. All injured except for Darwin Nunez, who has been suspended from work.
Against Manchester United, the bench was very weak, and among the nine substitutes were two reserve guards, including unnamed Harvey Davis. There were also unproven guys like Stefan Bagjetic, Sepp van den Berg and Bobby Clark.
Klopp is hoping Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones are back in training before August ends, but for Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip and new signing Calvin Ramsey, it will likely take longer. At the same time, Nunez was also suspended for the next two matches, against Bournemouth and Newcastle.
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