Liverpool are going to be holding their breath for the next fortnight. We head into the international break with a number of key stars to compete for their country. Guinea manager Didier Six has said he had to negotiate with Liverpool in order to secure Naby Keita for his upcoming fixtures.
International break welcome but wary
This is an interesting international break for Liverpool.
On one hand we’ll be glad for the reprieve from the poor form we’ve seen in the past few months.
On the other hand we’re nervous about any potential injuries.
The Reds have been in torrid shape since Christmas and a couple of weeks off could be just what the side needs.
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However, things could get even worse for Jürgen Klopp if he loses any key players to the treatment table.
Didier Six on Naby Keita and Liverpool
Quarantine protocols have further complicated this international break.
Guinea will be taking on Mali and Namibia during the break with the latter of the two on the UK’s ‘red list’, meaning anybody arriving from the country would have to quarantine.
Didier Six has managed to secure Naby Keita for the Mali tie after negotiating with Liverpool, the manager told AFC (via Wiwsport):
“We negotiated with Liverpool, which is still one of the biggest clubs in the world, to have Naby Keita in the first match, the 24th against Mali
“Then we put him back on the plane right away, and he’ll be available for recovery after seven days of isolation, where he can train.
“There were smart things to be done, which I put forward at the clubs, to have all our strength on our first match.
“I had anticipated all this, it is the proof that the reflection was good, mine, theirs and that of the player. Diplomacy is needed.”
What RTK has to say
This is a unique time in football, we need diplomacy now more than ever.
Even though this international break is more welcome than most we can’t ignore the potential issues with quarantines and injuries.
Fingers crossed everybody comes back fit, fighting and available for our trip to Arsenal in early April.