Wednesday Sep 08, 2021. 17:20
Naby Keita has left his homeland of Guinea following a military coup in the West African country.
Reports in the British media on Tuesday revealed that Keita was on his way back to Liverpool after Guinea’s scheduled 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Conakry on Monday was called off due to a coup d’etat in the host nation.
According to reports, soldiers ousted Guinean President Alpha Conde on Sunday and later dissolved the government. Morocco were allowed safe passage out of Guinea on Sunday despite the borders being closed while Keita and some of his teammates boarded a flight on Tuesday.
Liverpool had earlier said that they were working with relative authorities to bring Keita safely back to the club, but it remains unclear if the 26-year-old will be ready to face Leeds United on Sunday.
Keita assisted Guinea’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Guinea-Bissau in their group stage opener last week.
The 26-year-old started the Reds’ opening two games of the Premier League season but was an unused substitute in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Anfield before the international break.