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Third Liverpool star withdraws from international duty through injury


 

A third member of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool ranks has today been forced to pull out of international duty, it has been confirmed.

The player in question? Naby Keita.

In a post across the nation's social media platforms on Monday evening, the Guinean Football Federation unveiled the news that neither Keita nor compatriot Mohamed Bayo will play any part in their upcoming round of fixtures.

A knee issue is cited as being behind the former's withdrawal.

Keita, of course, joins another key pair of Liverpool stars to have too been forced to call a premature end to their international endeavours for the coming week, in the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Speaking over the weekend, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Alexander-Arnold is set for a spell on the sidelines owing to a hamstring injury, with fellow full-back Robertson now in self-isolation after returning a positive test for Covid-19.

Jota makes the difference

The assumption when it comes to Keita is that the midfielder picked up his latest fitness problem this past weekend, in playing his part in Liverpool keeping hopes of an unprecedented quadruple for the season alive and well.

An FA Cup quarter-final showdown with Championship outfit Nottingham Forest ultimately saw the visitors emerge on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline at the City Ground, owing to a solitary strike from Diogo Jota:

Klopp and co. are set to play their part in a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Manchester City in just shy of a month's time, with the winners set to face off with one of capital rivals Chelsea and Crystal Palace in the FA Cup's showpiece.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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