Jurgen Klopp issues worrying Naby Keita update amid news on midfield quartet
Liverpool host Atletico Madrid
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp welcome Diego Simeone’s side to Anfield on Wednesday night in the fourth round of the Champions League group stage.
Ready for another #UCL night under the lights at Anfield on Wednesday 💪 #LIVATM pic.twitter.com/atWHqba57n
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 2, 2021
The reds host the Spanish outfit knowing that a victory would see them through to the knockout stages of the competition with two games to go, leaving Porto and Atleti to fight it out for the second qualification spot.
They have already bested Simeone and co. once, after a controversial 90 minutes in which VAR denied the Spanish side a penalty for a foul seemingly similar to one which Liverpool were awarded a spot-kick for. While tempers threatened to boil over, the Reds held their nerve to escape the Wanda Metropolitano with all three points.
Klopp issues update on midfield quartet
One of the brighter sparks, at least for part of the encounter, was Naby Keita. The Liverpool midfielder netted the second goal in the game, but was forced off before halftime due to injury. He has since been substituted due to injury against Manchester United and Brighton too, with the clash against the Seagulls leaving the most lasting impression.
Now speaking ahead of the clash with Atletico, Jurgen Klopp has revealed that some lasting damage has been done, confirming that the former Leipzig man will be out “for a while”.
Jurgen Klopp says Naby Keita will be “out for a while” with a hamstring injury. Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara in contention v Atletico Madrid.
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Additionally, James Milner remains sidelined too, courtesy of an injury he also picked up in the away tie. In better news, however, both Thiago and Fabinho, who have been missing since the Champions League tie, have “trained completely normal” and are therefore in contention to play.
Klopp confirms Keita “will be out for a while” following the hamstring injury he sustained against Brighton on Saturday. James Milner remains sidelined, but Thiago and Fabinho have both “trained completely normal” and come into contention. “So we will see.” #LFC #UCL
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Can Liverpool ensure qualification on Wednesday evening.