Jurgen Klopp’s latest update on Naby Keita could suggest Liverpool will be without their No.8 for a longer period of time than initially suspected.
James Pearce relayed the manager’s pre-match press conference comments in a tweet online as the German confirmed the midfielder, whom he previously described as ‘incredible’ (as reported by liverpoolfc.com), had suffered a ‘muscle’ problem prior to the Reds’ meeting with Manchester United.
Klopp on Keita: "Naby will not be ready for the weekend. It's a muscle. It's not 100% clear."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 26, 2022
As such, it’s not as of yet clear how long the 27-year-old could be stuck on the sidelines for, with the Merseysiders’ injury crisis looking increasingly problematic ahead of gameweek four.
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With negotiations remaining ongoing around extending the former RB Leizpig man’s stay at Anfield, a fresh injury concern does throw something of a spanner into the works, whilst also providing Liverpool with a lifeline were we to believe claims that the player is considering departing the club.
Currently lacking a selection of left-sided central midfielders, it leaves us in a somewhat tricky position navigating the remaining couple of league fixtures in August as we look to overturn a supremely poor start to the campaign.
Having thrived on the left-flank for us in pre-season and beyond, Fabio Carvalho could stand as a reasonably quick fix in that regard until the cavalry arrives at the start of September, though it could prove a gamble too far for a manager desperate to see his side return to their winning ways.
You can catch the full press conference below, courtesy of Liverpool’s YouTube channel: