Liverpool have named their 24-man squad for their Champions League group stage. Summer signings Darwin Nunes, Fabio Carvalho, Calvin Ramsay and Arthur Melo were also included.
However, there are two major absentees in the Reds’ squad, with Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left out. Both midfielders appear to be sidelined with injuries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been sidelined since pre-season, while Keita has not featured since Liverpool’s Community Shield win over Manchester City. Guineans are said to be nursing muscle injuries.
Keita’s time at Anfield has been plagued by injuries and his contract with Merseyside is set to expire next summer. Someone suggested he could leave The club during the recently ended transfer window.
The 27-year-old’s absence from RB Leipzig for £52.75m in 2018 has often left fans outraged. Claims he wanted to leave the club only added to their frustration.
Keita has once again been a source of frustration for Liverpool fans after being left out of the club’s Champions League squad. Some even say the player has fallen out with Jurgen Klopp.
Here are some of the best tweets about Keita’s exclusion from the Reds’ Champions League squad:
One fan speculated on Twitter:
“Keita will be leaving in January. It’s definitely not at all with Klopp and there’s nowhere to be seen next to the injured man at Anfield.”
A Liverpool fan named Sean wrote:
“I don’t know his [Keita’s] fanbody doesn’t even realize he’s ours [Paul] Pogba. If a player hasn’t won over an entire fan base after four years, he’s clearly not right. “
Liverpool start their Champions League journey this week
The Reds will play Napoli in their first Champions League game of the season on Wednesday (September 7). Besides the Serie A clubs, they will also face Ajax and Rangers in the group stage.
Klopp’s side won’t be able to change their squad for European competition until January. It is worth noting, however, that this season’s Champions League group stage will end earlier than usual due to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Anfield’s final group game is expected to take place on November 1. It remains to be seen whether Keita will be in the squad if they reach the knockout stages.
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