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Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool's Naby Keita will be 'out for a while'

In a horrible turn of luck, Naby Keita has suffered another injury which looks set to sideline him for an undisclosed period of time.

“Naby has a hamstring injury, so he will be out for a while,” Klopp told his press conference as he previewed the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid this evening.

“Injuries are completely normal at this stage of the season. As long as they are not too harsh then we have to accept that and so some players will be back, hopefully soon and they are in contention as well.”

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The Guinean has been one of the best performers when on the pitch this season, and his goal and assist against Manchester United perfect summed up what he can do for Liverpool.

When he joined the Reds for £48million, the expectation from fans and the local media was that he would go on to become one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players.

On paper, he has got everything a midfielder needs in the German’s high octane system. Keita is fast, agile, tireless, dynamic and able to make a contribution in the final third.

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This season, the former RB Leipzig dynamo has five goals and one assist for club and country from 528 minutes. That is a world-class return.

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It is even better when you look at the quality of his strikes. A first-time left-footed volley against Crystal Palace, another first time volley but this time against world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak and great movement and a fine finish against Manchester United.

He was lucky to avoid injury at Old Trafford after being on the end of a very dangerous challenge from Paul Pogba and, after being stretchered off the pitch, it was a massive relief to hear he was back in training the following Monday.

However, just as Keita’s luck has been over the last few years, he was unable to escape injury for much longer and a hamstring injury versus Brighton means he is now out for ‘a while’.

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Hopefully he doesn’t miss more than a month as it could have long term repercussions for his future at the club if he only returns in January. Yet until news emerges regarding the timeline of his injury, there is no use speculating.

I’m gutted for him as he was just getting into a groove this season and he plays a pivotal role in Liverpool’s attacking play when fit. But hopefully Fabinho and Thiago can help Klopp forget about the Guinean’s injury by staying fit.

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