Liverpool to recall Naby Keita of international duties

Liverpool will recall Naby Keita from his international duties with Guinea early in an effort to avoid the midfielder having to undergo a ten-day quarantine period upon his return.

Guinea are set to face Mali and Namibia in the next international break as they continue their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Liverpool blocked Naby Keita from visiting Namibia
Liverpool prevented Naby Keita from visiting Namibia | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Keita has been named to the squad for both games, however, Liverpool have expressed concerns about the midfielder’s inclusion in the squad as he will be forced to quarantine once he returns to England.

It has now been revealed that a compromise has been reached, with Liverpool allowing Keita to play in the first of two games against Mali – and then having to self-isolate for seven days upon his return – although he will return home before the clash with Namibia. .

Had he been to Namibia for the second of two outings, Keita would have had to be quarantined for ten days upon his return to England, and Guinean boss Didier Six confirmed that all parties had come to an agreement on Keita’s participation in the next matches. .

“We negotiated with Liverpool, which are still one of the biggest clubs in the world, to have Naby Keita in the first game, the 24th against Mali,” he said as reported by Wiwsport (via Sport Witness ).

“Then we immediately put him back on the plane, and he will be available to recover after seven days of isolation, where he can train.

Jurgen Klopp will now have Naby Keita available for Liverpool to Arsenal trip
Jurgen Klopp will now have Naby Keita available for Liverpool to Arsenal trip | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

“There were smart things to do, which I suggested in the clubs, to have all our strength in our first game. I had anticipated all that, it is the proof that the reflection was good, mine, theirs and that of the player. Diplomacy is necessary. “

Had Keita traveled to Namibia he would not have been available for Liverpool’s game with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on April 4, however, the former RB Leipzig man will now have completed his quarantine period on time to participate in the confrontation.

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