Jürgen Klopp confirmed Naby Keita is set to be sidelined for two months after sustaining a very serious injury against FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening.
The midfielder suffered an adductor issue in the early stages of the game when he was tackled by Croatian ace Ivan Rakitic.
Ahead of their crucial tie against Newcastle United, the German boss confirmed Keita will be out for around eight weeks.
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The manager said via LFC.TV: “It was really unlucky. Bad news, he has a high-grade Adductor injury; the tendon is ruptured, which keeps him out for at least two months.
“Bad news for us obviously, but bad news for Guinea as well because the Africa Cup of Nations is coming up.
“He was in a really good moment – a really, really good moment – but it happened, that’s how football and life sometimes are. It’s not too nice, but it’s very serious.”
He would also be ruled out of Guinea’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament, slated for June 21 in Egypt.
“I’m sure he’s not in the best moment but he’s OK,” Klopp continued. “I think there are two things – a very interesting part of the season and he is not part of [it], that’s one thing.
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“On the other hand, I don’t think Guinea are a regular starter for the Africa Cup of Nations, so I’m sure that was a big, big target for him as well.
“Of course, he is not in a good moment, but that’s the moment when you have to help the players and we will try everything we can.”