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Liverpool: Naby Keita ruled out of Southampton clash

Liverpool: Naby Keita ruled out of Southampton clash

Liverpool’s early season tale of injury woe continues with news regarding one of the club’s midfielders ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash against Southampton at St Mary’s.

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The club’s official website confirmed that midfielder Naby Keita is definitely ruled out of the trip to the south coast after picking up a muscle strain prior to the UEFA Super Cup clash against Chelsea on Wednesday.

Even with the Premier League season only a week old, Liverpool have already seen multiple players suffering injuries recently.

Young defender Yasser Larouci was the recipient of a shocking challenge in pre-season from Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon, although the teenager might not feature much for the first team anyway as he is still in the Reds’ under-23 squad.

Nathaniel Clyne has been ruled out for several months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last month.

Goalkeeper Alisson was added to the growing injury list last week after incurring a calf injury in the 4-1 win over Norwich and he is unlikely to feature until late September at the earliest, according to The Mirror.

Keita, meanwhile, had three different spells out injured last season and flew home from the Africa Cup of Nations in early July for a medical assessment in Liverpool before his latest knock.

Also, Adrian is hopeful of being fit to start tomorrow against Southampton.

The availability of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at least ensures that Klopp has plenty of midfield options in Keita’s absence.

Liverpool’s injury list is worryingly long as it stands – and they will have a minimum of 47 more matches to play this season between the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup, a punishing schedule which could contribute to even further injury problems down the line.

Liverpool fans, how worried are you about the number of injuries in recent weeks? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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