On Sunday, Guinea’s World Cup qualifier was called off after soldiers overthrew Guinean President Alpha Conde and dissolved the country’s existing government. Guinea was set to play Morocco in the city of Conakry, with Liverpool’s Naby Keïta amongst the players there to represent his country.
Those who lead the attempted coup closed the borders of the country in the aftermath, though the Moroccan National Team players were allowed passage to leave. Still waiting to return are Keïta and the other members of the Guinean National Team.
On Monday, Liverpool put out a statement confirming that they’ve been in contact with Keïta, he’s safe, and they’re doing their best to bring him back to Merseyside.
“We are in constant contact with Naby and have had regular communication via his national team management,” said a Liverpool spokesperson.
“We are satisfied that he is safe and well cared for. Obviously the situation is fluid and we will maintain regular dialogue with the relevant authorities as we work to get Naby back to Liverpool in a timely and secure manner.”
Keïta could possibly miss the Leeds game next Sunday, though that is surely the least of everyone’s concerns right now. Thankfully, Keïta, along with his teammates, is safe and healthy for the time being. Hopefully he can return to England quickly.