Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been rule out of Guinea’s last group stage match in the African Cup of Nations against Burundi with two fresh injury issues.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) June 28, 2019
Our number eight has been rushed back into the national side as he’s the standout superstar in his team – and Jurgen Klopp will likely be furious at the injury news.
From a selfish perspective, it’s probably a blessing in disguise as Guinea will be severely hindered by not having their talisman available and are likely to be eliminated.
It’s a real shame for Naby, and fans of the Guinea national team, but he’ll be able to kick-start his summer break, properly nurse his injury, and get back fresh for next season.
Some fans believed Keita shouldn’t have even travelled for AFCON – Liverpool’s medical team did confirm that he’d likely miss the tournament before their Guinea counterparts claimed he’d only be out for a couple of weeks.
He should never have gone to the Afcon he wasn't ready.
— LFCZA 🇿🇦 ☝🏻🤚🏻 (@LFCZA) June 28, 2019
National teams and clubs rarely see eye to eye when it comes to players’ fitness – put simply, nations seem to favour short-term outlooks while clubs will focus on long-term setbacks.
In short – Keita has been rushed back, and now Liverpool may have to face the consequences of their actions. Not good.