Naby Keita left out of Liverpool’s Champions League squad due to injury | Football

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JULY 21: Naby Keita of Liverpool watches the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at Red Bull Arena on July 21, 2022 in Leipzig, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Naby Keita has not been included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad (Getty)

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been dropped from Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League group stage.

Jürgen Klopp’s side play in Group A alongside Ajax, Napoli and Rangers and will start the season against the Serie A club next Wednesday.

But Liverpool will be without both Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain for their group stage campaign after they were dropped from the official squad list.

Keita is yet to play for Liverpool this season and ahead of Liverpool’s goalless draw with Everton on Saturday, Klopp revealed the midfielder will be sidelined “for a while”.

“It’s a muscle injury,” said Klopp. “For him, a muscle injury Ox is a muscle injury and they will be out for a while.”

Both players could return to Liverpool’s squad for the knockout stages of the Champions League.


GOALKEEPER: Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher

DEFENDER: Van Dijk, Konate, Matip, Gomez, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Robertson

MIDFIELD: Fabinho, Thiago, Milner, Henderson, Carvalho, Arthur, Jones, Elliott, Bajcetic, Clear

ATTACKS: Salah, Iota, Diaz, Nunez, Firmino

Discussing Liverpool’s other injuries, including Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay, Klopp said: “Hendo, we don’t know yet.

“Calvin Ramsay is still out but really getting closer. For him it was something with his back, something with aging and growing and things like that. He hasn’t trained properly with us now, but he’s getting closer.

“Thiago is the closest of all [of them]. I think early in the week, next week, he will be in team training.

‘Ibou, he will be back in training around the international break.’

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