Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that midfielder Naby Keita will not be fit enough to face Manchester United on Sunday.
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The 25-year-old has had a career in England that has been riddled with injuries and fitness issues – ever since his £48m move from RB Leipzig in 2018.
During that timeframe, Keita has scored seven goals and provided four assists in just 71 appearances (TransferMarkt) – a really low amount of games considering he is now into his third season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference (via Caoimhe O’Neill), Klopp stated that Keita will not be fit in time to face their arch-rivals on Sunday, but added that it is “not a big thing” concerning the severity of his latest setback.
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While it may be another cruel blow for Klopp, it appeared that the German tactician said it in such a way that he won’t spend much longer in the treatment room, which is a good sign.
Despite this, supporters have been growing more and more frustrated with his lack of development under Klopp, due to the bit-part role that he is playing.
But the boss has provided a silver lining that may provide an ounce of reassurance – time will tell whether he can remain fit until the end of the season.
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