Klopp says he can only ‘hope’ for good news about Keita injury

Date published: Thursday 31st October 2019 11:22 - Jonny Whitfield

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he is unsure as to the extent of the injury suffered by Naby Keita in Wednesday’s frantic EFL Cup victory over Arsenal.

Guinea international Keita went straight down the tunnel after being substituted 55 minutes in at Anfield, with his replacement Curtis Jones eventually scoring the winning penalty to send the hosts through after it finished 5-5 after 90 minutes.

Keita only recently returned from a muscle issue he picked up before the Super Cup clash with Chelsea in August and it would be worrying news if another such problem occurred on Wednesday.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Klopp said he will have to wait for more information on the midfielder’s latest problem.



“If Naby’s injury is not so serious, which I hope, then it was a nearly perfect night,” the manager said.

“He felt a little bit. I saw it, he slipped when he lost the ball. He slipped away, I saw him limping afterwards and that’s why we did it.”

Liverpool travel to Aston Villa in the quarter finals but with the Reds set to be in Qatar for the Club World Cup when the matches are due to take place in the week commencing December 16, Klopp made a serious threat about pulling out of the EFL Cup.

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