Keita Out for the Season – Updated

Naby Keita has been ruled out for the rest of the season, according to Guinean journalist Amadou Makadji.

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.

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg : News Photo
Naby Keita of Liverpool is tackled by Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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.

Barcelona v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: First Leg : News Photo
Ivan Rakitic of FC Barcelona and Naby Keita of Liverpool compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Barcelona and Liverpool at the Nou Camp on May 01, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

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.

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Veselin Trajkovic

A sports enthusiast, Liverpool FC fan, writing for several blogs, likes to focus on football for what it is, rather than stats or bias. Writing for FOAR since its inception.

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