Many Liverpool fans are starting to grow concerned by Naby Keita’s injury record, and wonder if things will work out for the Guinea international at Anfield.
Keita was taken off in the 55th minute of the Reds’ Carabao Cup win over Arsenal on Wednesday night, with Jurgen Klopp confirming after the game that the 22-year-old would be assessed after sustaining an issue when slipping early in the second-half.
Teenager Curtis Jones replaced Keita against the Gunners, and went on to score in the subsequent shoot-out which booked the Merseyside outfit a Quarter-Final date with Aston Villa.
Watch Liverpool Live Streams With StreamFootball.tv Below
Keita’s starting call for the midweek clash was his third of the campaign across all competitions, having overcome an early-season torn muscle that denied the 30-cap midfielder from featuring in six games.
The 24-year-old was frequently omitted from matchday team sheets last term, as well, with Keita missing a spate of games throughout the season through a muscular problem, knock and a groin injury.
He would play a total of 1,817 minutes for Liverpool last season following his summer arrival from RB Leipzig, where he also spent 71 days in the physio’s room during his final campaign with the Bundesliga outfit.
Fans have been sharing their thoughts on Keita following his appearance against Arsenal, where he completed 30 of 31 passes, fashioned two shots, and won possession with his two tackles although both came inside the opening ten minutes, per WhoScored data.
Here are some of the messages shared…
Wouldn’t judge him considering the team he was playing in but if he’s injured again then it’s getting far to concerning
— Aiden (@AlissonEdition) October 31, 2019
I just don’t know if it’s gonna happen but I still don’t wanna label him as a flop.
— tanvir 🎃 (@senor_tanvir) October 30, 2019
Main worry is he didnt even play well today before getting injured..expected him to dominate the midfield..sad
— nando (@Ugo_nando99) October 30, 2019
Naby and Liverpool, I can’t see it working. To much injuries. Sorry to say this, but I lost all expectations and hope for him tbh 😢
I thought he was the missing piece to Kloop’s system and he is literally “the missing piece”
Must look for a replacement ASAP
— عبدالله.، (@ZAKARIA_DARDIRI) October 31, 2019
Naby Keita man. A fantastic football player, great guy to take over the #8, but will never get it running with his injuries at LFC. Don’t know what happened in the Prem, but his body is just saying no. What a shame. He is a monster of a player otherwise.
— Martin (@kopeckey) October 31, 2019
Im a big fan of Keita but unfortunately its seeming like he is injury prone
— – (@S_LFC_6) October 31, 2019
Am i the only one who thinks it’s just never going to work for Naby Keita at #LFC
Been unlucky with injuries and clearly not a bad player, but sometimes things just don’t work out at a particular club or a particular country. Move back to Bundesliga may suit all parties #LFC
— Dean (@DMaxiCoupland) October 31, 2019