- Naby Keita is set to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a ‘very serious’ injury
- The Reds midfielder was injured after 24 minutes with an adductor injury during Barcelona-- Liverpool semi-final tie at Camp Nou
- Keita will also not play any role for Guinea during Africa Cup of Nations tournament next month
Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Guinean midfielder Naby Keita has been ruled out of action for the remaining game of the season after cropping what he termed a ‘very serious’ injury against Barcelona on Wednesday evening, May 1, at Camp Nou.
The defensive midfielder was forced off the pitch in the 24 minute after suffering an adductor injury during the opening stages of Liverpool’s UCL semi-final clash against Barca.
According to the club’s official website, Klopp revealed ahead Newcastle United tie in his press conference on Friday, May 3, that Keita would be sidelined for about two months.
“It was really unlucky. Bad news, he has a high-grade adductor injury; the tendon is ruptured, which keeps him out for at least two months.
“Bad news for us obviously, but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up.
“He was in a really good moment - a really, really good moment - but it happened, that’s how football and life sometimes are. It’s not too nice, but it’s very serious,” admitted the German football tactician.
Interestingly, aside from ruling Keita out of Reds remaining fixtures this season, he will not play any role for Guinea during Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which is expected to kick-off on June 21 in Egypt.
“I’m sure he’s not in the best moment but he’s OK,” Klopp stressed, even as he was quick to add.
“I think there are two things - a very interesting part of the season and he is not part of [it], that’s one thing.
“On the other hand, I don’t think Guinea are a regular starter for the Africa Cup of Nations, so I’m sure that was a big, big target for him as well.
“Of course, he is not in a good moment, but that’s the moment when you have to help the players and we will try everything we can,” Klopp summed up.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Barcelona hammered Liverpool 3-0 on Wednesday night, May 1, at Camp Nou in a tough Champions League semi-final first leg showdown.
The encounter saw two sides, who are former winners, having lifted the famous trophy five times apiece since 1992-93 campaign.
In the opening minutes of the game, the both sides eager to dictate the pace with good display of football skills, but as the match progressed Liverpool came more into the contest.
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