Having joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Naby Keita arrived ready to become a mainstay of the Reds’ first-team.
After being phased into the side by Jurgen Klopp, the 24-year-old really began to shine and offered the Reds some much-needed creativity and goal threat from midfield.
However, after pulling up with an injury in the 3-0 defeat to Barcelona, Keita’s involvement in his country’s Africa Cup of Nations this summer was in jeopardy, but was seemingly rushed into action for the tournament.
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After hearing that their midfielder had fallen to a fresh injury blow, Liverpool fans took to Twitter to vent their frustrations and seemed to point the finger at Guinea’s hierarchy for failing to take care of Keita.
Indeed, many begged the question as to why the former Leipzig man was even on the trip in the first place and suggested he should have been given adequate time to recover from his injury at the Camp Nou.
Check out some of the reaction of Liverpool fans below:
Their medical team have a magic sponge
— John O Callaghan (@JohnCal68) 28 June 2019
saw the match live.. he got kicked really hard ,,stayed on for a bit,but was subbed off.. He wanted to stay in .. that match was so brutal for him..
— Rafter Man (@MikeB_702) 28 June 2019
So why did they send him?
— Adi LFC (@adiupadhyay) 28 June 2019
And whose fault is that…. Yup Guinea’s
— ????? (@WeArePrinz) 28 June 2019
shocking of Guinea to play him, clearly was not ready
— josh24 (@Joshh__Smedleyy) 28 June 2019
Hope they lose so Naby comes back to Liverpool as soon as possible He shouldn’t have gone to the AFCON anyway. He was and is still injured and a further injury can ruin the new season for him.
— ً (@oskargw) 28 June 2019
Clearly Liverpool were correct in their original assessment of his injury. Guinea should be forced to pay his salary for any Liverpool pre-season, regular season he misses. They are incompetent. The club pays the player, they should have final say in eligibility and fitness.
— TJB (@tjblfc) 28 June 2019
He should’ve never been allowed to go in the first place! End of story!
— Ben James (@BenJames81) 28 June 2019
Honestly can’t really rely on him for next season he is becoming a new lallana
— mohammad Z (@zaheer8888) 28 June 2019
that’s it, far too injury prone, get Bruno Fernandes. Keita is not going to work out
— Zen98Hack (@Zen98Hack) 28 June 2019