Naby Keita could play in UCL final

Naby Keita could play in UCL final
Liverpool's Naby Keita attends a training session

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday May 25, 2019. 09:00

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Naby Keita could be fit to play in the Uefa Champions League final.

The Guinea International hasn't featured for the Reds since picking up an adductor injury in the club's 3-0 semifinal first-leg defeat away to Barcelona earlier this month.

Keita was initially ruled out for the remainder of the campaign and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, but the 24-year-old has recovered faster than expected and could face Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.

“Naby is... a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final. He’s now doing straight runs... he feels comfortable with 50 percent intensity... but there’s still a way to go,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“I know about issues with Guinea... we don’t want to keep a player out if he can play – maybe they think it’s like this, but it’s not like this.

He continued: "If he’s not 100 percent fit, he cannot play. That’s how it is. It’s not important whether you play for your country or your club.

“That’s what we try to make sure. It looks good, very positive, and we’ll see if there is a chance.”

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