Tonight was Naby Keita’s big chance, but it went abysmally.
Not only was the Guinean very poor for the first 15 minutes, but he was stretchered off with his head in his hands. It looks like he may have picked up a very nasty injury, which is the last thing we wanted.
We’ll only find out the extent of the injury later, but when a player is driven by a cart off the pitch, with no obvious challenge affecting him, it doesn’t look good.
With Adam Lallana also injured, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain obviously a very long way off, we have only Fabinho on the bench as a central midfield option, but Jurgen Klopp doesn’t yet trust his Brazilian summer signing tactically.
Here’s how Reds reacted on Twitter:
Tragic, man. Truly gutted for Keïta…
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) October 3, 2018
Horrible to see Keita stretchered off. Wish him a speedy recovery – will be sorely missed if out for a sustained period.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) October 3, 2018
Now that really doesn’t look good for Naby Keita… :(
— LiverpoolFF (@LiverpoolFF) October 3, 2018
FFS. Keita's big chance. 15 minutes in and he's off. He looks gutted and a stretcher is being used. Shit. Hope it's not too bad.
— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) October 3, 2018
Fuck it man ox and keita gone now ffs shaqiri needs to step up into that midfield
— ☆Figo☆ 7/7 (@Ftbl_Mo) October 3, 2018
Raging about Keita. Really hope that the stretcher was just a precaution
— Cathal OL 🔴 (@IrishRED05) October 3, 2018
Hopefully Keita wont be out for too long. This makes Fabinho our only substitute midfielder for now. That's not great #LFC
— Ville Ilonen (@VilleIlonen) October 3, 2018
Hope that's not serious for Keita. Not good to see him go off but he was really stinking the place out #NAPLIV
— Dan Crellin (@Dan_Crellin) October 3, 2018