Naby Keita

 Liverpool suffered a heavy blow with a knee injury for Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, and he was excluded from the national team camp during the current international break, in preparation for the friendly matches between South Africa and Zambia.

The 27-year-old was ready to join the Guinea national team in the upcoming international break but was forced to withdraw from the team due to injury.

Keita, who appeared in the first hour of the Reds’ FA Cup meeting with Nottingham Forest, has been sidelined as Jurgen Klopp’s side wait to judge how long he will be absent before a packed April schedule.

Keita was replaced during the match, before Diogo Jota scored the Reds’ only goal in the 78th minute, to ensure Liverpool qualified for the semi-finals, with Manchester City waiting to face it at Wembley Stadium.

The injury is the midfielder’s 15th setback since his arrival at Anfield in 2018, having been forced out of 54 games so far during his stay on Merseyside.

However, the 2021-22 season has previously been largely injury-free for the Guinean, who has played 15 Premier League games as well as five Champions League games so far this season.

Keita will now miss international matches against South Africa and Zambia in the coming period.

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