2 international call-ups as Keita decision made – Latest Liverpool FC News

On another quiet day in an 17-day gap between fixtures for Liverpool, the club received news of two international call-ups and the cancellation of another.


Common sense prevails over Keita

It had been widely expected, with Jurgen Klopp even insisting he would not travel, and it has now finally been confirmed that Naby Keita will not join his national team this month.

The Guinea captain is, of course, sidelined with an injury that has seen him left out of Liverpool’s squad for the Champions League group stage.

A statement from the Federation of Guinea Football (FSF) has explained that “due to his state of physical health,” Keita will not join Guinea for their clashes with Algeria and the Ivory Coast.

Instead, he will remain on Merseyside for further treatment for an injury that, upon Klopp’s last update, is said to extend to “somewhere in October.”

It is still suggested that the opinions of the FSF and Liverpool differ, but club overrules country in this tug-of-war.


3 things today: Another new call-up

ROME, ITALY - JULY 03: Jordan Henderson of England celebrates after scoring their side's fourth goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Quarter-final match between Ukraine and England at Olimpico Stadium on July 03, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco - UEFA)

  • Jordan Henderson has been brought into the England squad following an earlier-than-expected recovery from a hamstring injury


Latest Liverpool FC news

The Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk reacts after the final whistle during the international friendly match at the Amsterdam ArenA

  • Virgil van Dijk insists avoiding injury is not on his mind in the buildup to the winter World Cup (PA)

  • Brighton midfielder Pascal Gross was asked about a possible move to Liverpool – and gave a “realistic” answer (SPORT1)

  • Rafa Benitez admits his Liverpool ties held him back from implementing change at Everton (PA)

  • Exciting winger Trent Kone-Doherty has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U17s squad (FAI)


Latest chat from elsewhere

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 3, 2021: Leicester City's Youri Tielemans during the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Leicester City FC at Turf Moor. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Youri Tielemans insists he “doesn’t regret staying” at Leicester despite their plight (Sky Sports)

  • Christoph Freund has now committed to staying at Salzburg after turning down a role as Chelsea‘s new sporting director (The Athletic)

  • Russia have been excluded from qualification for Euro 2024 (UEFA)


Tweet of the day and match of the night

Liverpool are, believe it or not, in action tonight as the under-21s take on League Two side Rochdale in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Arthur, Fabio Carvalho and Nat Phillips could all feature again, with kickoff at 7pm.

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