Naby Keita has once more been sidelined with injury following Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League.

Keita ruptured an adductor tendon in the first leg of the semi-final and will miss the rest of the season.

It is blow in a season disrupted by injuries for Keita following his big money move from RB Leipzig.

Should Liverpool fans be worried about Naby Keita's injury record?

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Niggles and knocks have really disrupted his flow and rhythm during his first season at Anfield, which has been very frustrating.

Keita has already missed seven games this season through injury, a total of 39 days on the sidelines.

This is his third bout of injury in his debut Liverpool season, and the second adductor issue in his career.

Keita also had four injury layoffs in the 2017/18 season, two in 2016/17 and three in 2015/16.

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So should Liverpool fans be worried by the amount of time that Keita picks up injuries?


His past record does raise some concerns, with several muscular issues cropping up for someone who is 24.

But to think that this debut season in England is anything to go by would be harsh.

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He has come to the most competitive league in the world and had to adjust physically and tactically.

The Premier League is a highly competitive league with a supremely high intensity level.

It is perhaps to be expected that he struggled a little physically to adjust, making injuries more expected.

However, should this continue beyond this season, it could become a concern for Jürgen Klopp’s plans.

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Klopp needs players who can cope with his high intensity of football and stay fit and competitive all season.

Only the future will tell if Keita’s injuries become a limiting factor in his Liverpool career.

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