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Keita to miss Champions League final for Liverpool

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Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita's recovery from a thigh problem is ahead of schedule but he is unlikely to be fit enough to feature in the Champions League final.

The Guinea international could, however, be back in time for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts on June 21.

Keita tore an adductor muscle in the 3-0 semi-final first leg defeat in Barcelona and the initial prognosis was a two-month absence.

But having responded well to treatment the midfielder, who is out in Marbella with the rest of the squad preparing for the June 1 clash with Tottenham in Madrid, has now returned to running.

"Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn't mean anything for the final," manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

"He is now doing straight runs and all of that stuff, he feels comfortable with 50 per cent intensity and these things - but there is still a way to go.

"I know about the issues with Guinea and stuff like that; we don't want to keep a player out if he can play - maybe they think it is like this, but it is not like this.

"For me, it would be good if Naby would be 100 per cent fit and could play the Africa Cup of Nations, to be honest.

"But we don't know, we will see, and we need to work together with their medical department because in the end, a player who is fit - from my point of view - who can play, should play for his country.

"If he is not 100 per cent fit, he cannot play. That's how it is. It looks good, very positive and we will see if there is a chance."

Liverpool's Keita ruled out for two months with adductor injury

Naby Keita has been ruled out for the next two months with an adductor injury. Credit: PA

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been ruled out for the next two months with an adductor injury and will miss the remaining games this season, manager Jurgen Klopp has announced.

The Reds face Newcastle on Saturday as they continue their bid to win the Premier League title before hosting Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday next week.

Liverpool then play Wolves in their last top flight game of the season next weekend.

Klopp said of Keita's injury: "Very serious. For sure he is not in the best moment. African Cup of Nations was a big target for him."

The Reds travel to Newcastle this weekend one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who face Leicester on Monday.

A win at St James' Park would swing the advantage back to the Anfield outfit but Klopp expects a tricky test at the hands of former Reds boss, now Newcastle manager, Rafael Benitez.

He said: "They've won quite a few games in the last few weeks. It makes them pretty uncomfortable to play."

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Henderson and Keita missing for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is again be without key midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita for the trip to Arsenal.

However, both are set to return to training in the next couple of days but are not likely to be available until next weekend.

"Hendo probably the start of (next) week will be in training," said Klopp. "Naby is the end of this week, which doesn't make a big difference match-wise but that's how it looks."

Klopp also addressed the issue of forward Mohamed Salah wearing strapping on his wrist in training.

"Mo is nothing really serious, it is an inflammation of the tendon and it's pretty much protection, it has no influence."

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