Naby Keïta’s Liverpool season ended on May 1st when he went off injured during Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Barcelona. Initially, Jürgen Klopp ruled out Keïta playing for Guinea in the African Cup of Nations, but it appears that Guinea coach Paul Put had other plans.
About the player, he said, “Keïta leaves [Liverpool] after training in the morning and arrives Monday [evening]. I put a lot of pressure on Liverpool to [send him] as soon as possible.
“In the end, I said that if Naby does not come now, it will be difficult to put [him on] the list for Afcon. He said he will play against Egypt.”
So it looks as though Keïta has possibly been rushed back to fitness to play for his country, which has traditionally always gone well for players.
Hopefully this was just big talk from Put, and Keïta really was just ready to return to action, instead of Guinea exerting power to get their best player, even if he’s only partially fit.
Keïta is set to play in a final friendly against Egypt before the competition begins for them on June 22, when Guinea takes on Madagascar in their opening match.