Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita is on his way back to Europe after flying out of Guinea despite the country being in the midst of a military coup.
After borders were closed following the overthrowing of President Alpha Conde, Guinea’s World Cup qualifying opponents Morocco – whose match on Monday was postponed due to the instability – were granted an escort to leave the country.
However, the situation locally remained confusing but it’s understood that Keita and some of his team-mates boarded a flight on Tuesday and are heading home.
Liverpool were in constant dialogue with their player and relevant authorities over the last few days and were confident they could get the midfielder back “in a timely manner”.
The Reds play Leeds United in the Premier League at Elland Road on Sunday.
Klopp turned down Neuhaus signing
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp reportedly turned down the chance to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Florian Neuhaus earlier this summer.
Following Georginio Wijnaldum’s free transfer exit and subsequent switch to PSG, the Reds were fully expected to sign a replacement for the Dutchman – with Neuhaus strongly tipped to make a move to Merseyside and join up with his fellow countryman Klopp.
But, having only signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig over the summer, Liverpool decided against strengthening their engine room. Klopp instead decided to give more chances to injury-hit star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and highly-regarded youngster Harvey Elliott.
And now a report in the Daily Mirror claims that Monchengladbach were keen to offload Neuhaus. Indeed, they offered the Anfield outfit the chance to snap up the 24-year-old.
The report adds that the Reds would have been able to sign Neuhaus for a lowly £21m. That price was deemed a bargain, given that the player is still under contract until 2024.
The Germany star has made 120 appearances for Monchengladbach in all competitions since 2018. During that time has notched 16 goals and added an impressive 20 assists.