Liverpool not optimistic over Naby Keita injury

Ross Houston
October 19, 2018

It has been a troubled break for the Reds, with Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita also doubts for Saturday's Premier League clash with Huddersfield, while Virgil van Dijk has been playing despite a rib problem.

Liverpool forward, Mane, has undergone surgery for a hand injury sustained on worldwide duty. He returned to Liverpool on Wednesday and underwent a scan on his left hamstring.

Jurgen Klopp will hope to have the attacker available after a costly worldwide break that also saw Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita pick up suspected thigh problems.

It would be a surprise if Mane starts just two days after hand surgery to fix a thumb injury.

Salah and Van Dijk withdrew from their national teams over the global break amid fitness concerns, but trained at Melwood on Thursday afternoon.

Liverpool will be expected to beat Huddersfield and maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League but the fixtures will keep coming thick and fast with a game against Red Star Belgrade next up in the Champions League.

Sadio Mane's availability remains uncertain after he had surgery on the fractured thumb he suffered when away with Senegal and was absent from full Liverpool training on Thursday.

He said: "He (Van Dijk) spoke to the manager".

Jurgen Klopp did not back down in his criticism of the Nations League on Friday, insisting that there is no space in the calendar for more competitive football.

Regardless of these fresh fitness concerns, rotation is something that will have been on Klopp's mind as the trip to Huddersfield kick-starts a run of six games in 23 days for his Liverpool side.

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