We must admit, we were a little nervous last night when looking at the team-sheet and seeing Naby Keita was absent from the match-day squad.
Liverpool still beat Manchester City 2-1, but we were looking forward to watching Keita link up with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, who scored our goals in the second-half, for the first time.
But according to Klopp, Keita simply had a sore neck from a very long flight across America – and there’s nothing for us to worry about.
Klopp said Keita woke up with a stiff neck today after flight delays in Charlotte yesterday.
"We had eight hours on a plane and we lost one player!"#LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) July 25, 2018
Keita’s been our most impressive performer of pre-season, so it’s fantastic that his absence was purely precautionary.
We reckon if it had been a Premier League game, he’d have probably played – especially against Manchester City.
The Guinean will likely return on Saturday, when we face Manchester United – and we think Klopp will now begin to select teams close to the one we’ll deploy on Opening Day v West Ham.
In our opinion, the side will look something like this: Alisson; Clyne, Robertson, van Dijk, Gomez; Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino