Liverpool have been struggling to find their form over the season so far with a number of fitness issues in the squad, and now a new injury update has emerged.
According to The Athletic’s Liverpool reporter James Pearce on Thursday, Naby Keita is, unfortunately, suffering from a serious hamstring injury following his absence from the squad over the season so far.
That followed initial suggestions from Pearce who, speaking in his Q&A after the defeat in Naples, said: “The fact he’s not in the CL squad means it has to be serious.”
However, there have been contrasting reports on the condition of the midfielder as he was named in Guinea’s international squad for the international break later this month.
There is no doubt that the situation surrounding Keita will be giving Jurgen Klopp a big headache whilst trying to deal with the ongoing issues in the team following a string of embarrassing performances that continued in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Liverpool took a 4-1 battering from Napoli, the worst result by an English team in the opening fixture of a Champions League campaign since Arsenal in 2003/04.
As a result, the German coach will surely be frustrated with his team and Keita’s injury only adds insult to injury for the Reds as their fitness problems have piled up over the last few weeks.
Jordan Henderson, Fabio Carvalho, Thiago Alcantara, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Diogo Jota and Curtis Jones have all been struck with fitness issues and thus, Klopp’s mounting problems in that area of the pitch will certainly be giving him a headache when you combine it with their poor results this term.
It was reported before the transfer window closed that Keita was unhappy at the club and was not prepared to sign an extension with the midfielder in the last 12 months of his contract, which left a question mark over his absence in the squad when the season started.
That being said, if Pearce’s analysis of his current injury problems are true, it begs more questions as to why he has been selected to play for his country when the international fixtures kickstart in less than two weeks’ time and if he is fit to play for Guinea why was he omitted from Liverpool’s Champions League squad? It’s something of a headscratcher, not just for Klopp, but for the entire fanbase at Anfield.
With that being said, it remains to be seen if Keita will start for Guinea when they play Algeria on the 23rd of September and should he play for his national team, concern surrounding his future in Merseyside will surely escalate further.