Liverpool have named their 24-man squad for their Champions League group stage matches. Summer signings Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho, Calvin Ramsay and Arthur Melo have also made the cut.
However, there are two major absentees in the Reds’ squad, with Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain left out. Both midfielders have seemingly missed out on a place on the team due to their injuries.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has been sidelined since pre-season, while Keita has not featured since Liverpool’s Community Shield win against Manchester City. The Guinean is said to be nursing a muscle injury.
Keita, whose time at Anfield has been plagued by injuries, has his contract with the Merseyside outfit expiring next summer. There were suggestions that he could leave the club during the recently-concluded transfer window.
The 27-year-old’s lack of availability following his £52.75 million arrival from RB Leipzig in 2018 has often left the fans infuriated. Claims that he wants out of the club have only added to their frustration.
Keita has once again become a source of frustration for Liverpool supporters after being left out of the club’s Champions League squad. Some have gone to the extent of saying that the player has fallen out with Jurgen Klopp.
Here are some of the best tweets about Keita’s exclusion from the Reds’ Champions League squad:
One fan speculated on Twitter:
“Keita is leaving in January. Definitely fell off with Klopp, plus was no where to seen next to the injured ones at Anfield.”
A Liverpool fan that goes by the username Sean wrote:
“I have no idea how his [Keita’s] fanbody didn’t even realize that he is our [Paul] Pogba. If a players hasn’t won over a whole fan base after four years, he’s clearly not right.”
Liverpool begin their Champions League campaign this week
The Reds will play their first Champions League match of the season against Napoli on Wednesday (September 7). Apart from the Serie A club, they will also face Ajax and Rangers in the group stages.
Klopp’s side cannot change their squad for the European competition until January. However, it is worth noting that the Champions League group matches will be over earlier than usual this term due to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The Anfield outfit’s final group stage match of the competition is expected to take place on November 1. It remains to be seen if Keita will be in the squad should the team progress into the knockout phase.
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