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Jurgen Klopp confirms Naby Keita will miss Champions League final for Liverpool

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:16, 28 May 2019

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita will miss their Champions League final clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. 

The Reds will be without one of their key midfielders as they prepare to take on Spurs in Madrid, hoping to make amends from last year’s final defeat.

Keita to miss Champions League final: Five key things to know…

  1. Keita joined Liverpool from RB Leipzig for £48m last summer.
  2. The Guinea international has made 32 appearances for the Reds, including six in the Champions League.
  3. He limped off with a groin injury during their 3-0 defeat to Barca earlier this month.
  4. Klopp has now confirmed Keita will miss Saturday’s final and possibly the Africa Cup of Nations next month.
  5. But the German did reveal Roberto Firmino is fit to play in Madrid.

Keita joined the Reds from RB Leipzig last summer and has featured in six of Liverpool’s 12 games en route to the final, however, he was forced off after just 24 minutes in their 3-0 semi-final first leg defeat to Barcelona at the start of May with a groin injury, and hasn’t featured since.

“[There is] no chance for Naby,” Klopp confirmed when asked about the 24-year-old’s availability for Saturday’s Madrid showpiece.

Keita has, however, been included in Guinea’s 25-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in June, although Klopp is also unsure of his capacity to be fit for that tournament as well.

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The German coach added: “He is progressing well but we will see how it will work out for him for African Cup of Nations, we don’t know that yet.”

‘Everything is fine with Bobby’ – Klopp

Although Keita will miss Liverpool’s second consecutive Champions League final, striker Roberto Firmino will be fit in time to take on Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs.

The Brazil international has missed Liverpool’s last three games with a muscle injury but Klopp has now confirmed he is back in training and ready to go.

“Bobby was part of training last week and looked really good, everything fine. We took him out again and he will be back in training from tomorrow,” Klopp said.

“Everything we have seen so far looked really good, he will be fine I’m pretty sure.”

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