Liverpool’s previous Premier League fixture ended with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield after the Reds were 2-0 up after just 24 minutes.
On top of the result, Liverpool were also given a sucker punch in the first half of the match against Graham Potter’s side after midfielder Naby Keita was forced off the pitch with 19 minutes played after an injury.
Speaking after the game, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Keita had suffered a hamstring injury which led to him being replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first half on Saturday.
Keita was also forced off the pitch last weekend during Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Manchester United after a hefty challenge from Paul Pogba that saw the Frenchman get sent off. However, the Liverpool man was declared fit enough to start against Brighton, which makes this latest injury issue such a big disappointment for himself, the manager and the fans.
Klopp will undoubtedly be gutted with this news, not only because Keita has suffered many previous injuries during his time with Liverpool but also because the midfield man had managed to score three goals and provide one assist in the ten appearances he’s made for the Reds across all competitions so far this season.
As a result of Keita’s troubled fitness since joining the Merseyside club back in the 2018 summer transfer window from German club RB Leipzig, the 26-year-old, who is currently valued at £28.8m according to Transfermarkt, has made just 86 appearances for the Reds.
Everyone at Anfield will undoubtedly be hoping that the Guinea international will overcome this latest injury issue as soon as possible and be able to get back on the pitch with the rest of his teammates without missing too much action, especially with Liverpool having Atletico Madrid, West Ham United and Arsenal for their next three games.
However, with Thiago Alcantara also returning to training last week after being out for a period of time through injury, his upcoming return could provide Klopp with a suitable replacement.