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Liverpool to Pull Naby Keita from International Duty Early

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He will miss Keita Guinea’s final African Cup of Nations qualifier against Nambia.

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According to a report from the Liverpool ECHO, Liverpool FC will be recalling Naby Keita early from this month’s upcoming international break. Additionally, club-connected journalist David Lynch has also confirmed that the club has exercised its right to prevent Keita from travelling to Nambia for Guinea’s final African Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday, March 28. FIFA had recently confirmed that clubs will not have to release players for national team duty if it meant teams would be without them due to COVID-19 protocols. The UK Government restrictions states that any player who represents their national side in countries that feature on the travel red list would have to quarantine for 10 days upon their return.

If Keita were to kick on against Nambia, it would mean that he would be ruled out for Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Arsenal on April 4. as well as the Champions League quarter-final first leg three days later. However, Naby is still eligible to play in his national side’s home qualifier against Mali three days prior.