Sun. Jun 23rd, 2019

Liverpool bemused by claims that Guinea had to pressurise the club to release Naby Keita

Liverpool bemused by claims made from Guinea manager Paul Put that he had to pressurise the club to release Naby Keita for AFCON friendly 

  • Liverpool’s Naby Keita has been out of action since May 1 with an adductor injury
  • Keita missed the Champions League final but will feature in AFCON this month
  • Guinea boss Paul Put claimed he had to put pressure on the Reds to release him
  • Liverpool are bemused by the claim ahead of Guinea’s friendly with Egypt 

Liverpool are bemused by claims from Guinea manager Paul Put that he had to pressurise the club to release Naby Keita for a friendly ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The midfielder has been out of action since May 1 with an adductor injury and missed the Champions League final victory over Tottenham.

Guinea play Egypt in a warm-up match for the tournament on Sunday and their manager said: ‘I put a lot of pressure on Liverpool to (send him) as soon as possible.

Liverpool have been left bemused by claims they were reluctant to release Naby Keita

Guinea boss Paul Put said he had to put pressure on the Reds to release Keita for a friendly

Guinea boss Paul Put said he had to put pressure on the Reds to release Keita for a friendly

‘In the end, I said that if Naby does not come now, it will be difficult to put (him on) the list for Africa Cup of Nations. He said he will play against Egypt.’ 

Liverpool were surprised by Put’s comments. Keita is understood to be on schedule with his rehabilitation and the club are relaxed about him joining up with the squad.

The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off next Friday.

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