Naby Keita is set to miss the remainder of the season. Jürgen Klopp confirmed that he sustained a ‘very serious’ injury against FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
The manager said, “It was really unlucky. Bad news, he has a high-grade adductor injury. The tendon is ruptured, which keeps him out for at least two months.”
This will mean he misses the African Nations Cup. Which will be disappointing for the Guinean considering he was playing his best football of the season prior to the injury.
“Bad news for us obviously, but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up. He was in a really good moment. A really, really good moment, but it happened. That’s how football and life sometimes are. It’s not too nice, but it’s very serious.” – Klopp
It comes as a particular blow to Liverpool, considering how important Keita was becoming to the side. Having initially struggled to make an impact upon his arrival in the summer, recent weeks had seen his involvement increased. He scored his first goals for the club in wins over Southampton and Huddersfield.
However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long-awaited return from injury as a substitute against Huddersfield, and could step into the shoes Keita leaves vacant for the remainder of the campaign. The Newcastle clash is crucial for Jurgen Klopp and his side, as they look to heap one last bit of pressure on Manchester City to force a stumble that could win them the Premier League title.