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Liverpool dealt Naby Keita blow ahead of Atletico clash

There hasn’t been much you can criticise about Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Liverpool charges this season.

Going forward they have been at their mesmeric best, scoring goals at will as they possess one of the most destructive footballers in world football at the moment; Mohamed Salah.

However, the club’s German tactician still has room to improve the Reds’ midfield with a vast number of injuries hampering their progress in that regard.

Thiago, Curtis Jones, Fabinho and Harvey Elliott have all spent periods out this term, but the Merseyside outfit have now been rocked by another blow.

Liverpool are set to face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday evening but will do so without one of their most important players of the last few weeks.

Naby Keita hobbled off in the draw with Brighton last weekend and speaking yesterday, Klopp confirmed he would not only miss the game with Atleti, but also a period following that.

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No way!

No way!

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He said: “Naby has a hamstring injury so will be out for a while.”

This news is likely to have left Klopp gutted, especially when you consider how the Guinea international has fared in recent weeks.

The midfielder found the net and also assisted a goal in the 5-0 romp of Manchester United, while also adding goals in the win over Palace and in their last outing with Atletico.

It looked as though the 26-year-old had finally brushed off the injury concerns that had plagued his Liverpool career this season.

He’s endured 14 separate spells on the sidelines due to fitness problems, missing 54 matches in the process.

That kind of wretched record is another reason for the German manager to be gutted by this latest development.

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After all, it was he who helped sanction a £48m move for Keita back in 2017. Since then, he’s failed to justify his price tag, spending most of his time on the treatment table, rather than coming up with the goods on the pitch.

The last few months had proven the Guinean to be in good form but his chance to really cement a place in the middle of the park has now been taken away from him.

This is not good news for anyone associated with the club.

AND in other news, Klopp must unleash “incredible” £40.5m-rated Liverpool machine, he could haunt Atleti…

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