Keita Out for the Season – Updated
Naby Keita has been ruled out for the rest of the season, according to Guinean journalist Amadou Makadji.
Update on Keita's injury. Out for 3 or 4 weeks https://t.co/LgWBDXp19w
— Amadou Makadji™ ?? (@ThAmadouMakadji) May 2, 2019
The dynamic midfielder was forced off the pitch in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal at the hands of Barcelona with a groin injury, after a deliberate and quite unsporting tackle from behind by Ivan Rakitić, who miraculously survived without a yellow card.
Jordan Henderson entered the fray in his place but was unable to prevent the defeat which has left the team in a much more difficult position than it should have been.
Three to four weeks of absence means that Keita is certain to miss both Newcastle away on Saturday, the second leg against Barcelona next week, and the final day of the Premier League season at Anfield against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Champions League final is set to be played on June 1st and he might recover by then should Liverpool produce a remarkable comeback against Barcelona at Anfield, but even so it’s questionable whether Jurgen Klopp would name a player lacking match fitness for such a huge game with other options at his disposal.
It is a sad blow for the former RB Leipzig man whose first season with the club has been somewhat of a roller coaster, full of ups and downs, but the hope is that he will be ready for the pre-season and kick fully on from there.
Klopp says Keita will miss African Cup of Nations: "It is a high grade adductor injury. It will keep him out for two months."
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) May 3, 2019