SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 05: Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on April 05, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with Liverpool’s official website, Jurgen Klopp provided an update on Naby Keita’s recovery and said, “Naby is, I would say, a bit ahead of schedule, but that doesn’t mean anything for the final. He is now doing straight runs and all of that stuff, he feels comfortable with 50 percent intensity and these things – but there is still a way to go.”

The German manager’s recent words won’t be encouraging for anyone associated with Liverpool as Keita has the potential to make a significant contribution against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final. However, Klopp’s latest update indicates that it is highly unlikely that the Guinean talent will be ready in time for the big European showdown on June 1st.

Keita’s Roller-coaster Of A Debut Campaign In England

Keita had to endure a difficult start to his debut campaign in the Premier League as he struggled to nail down a first-team place under Klopp. However, he managed to turn things around for the better during the second half of the recently concluded English top-flight season.

The former Red Bull Leipzig star has featured in 33 matches for the Reds this term, scoring three goals while grabbing one assist in all competitions. The 24-year-old has also earned 33 international caps for Guinea and has five goals for his nation to his name so far.

What Does The Guinea International Offer On The Pitch?

Keita has decent pace under his belt and is a very penetrative dribbler with the ball from midfield. He can make numerous driving runs in the opposition half and is full of energy and running at the centre of the park. However, the Conakry born talent needs to add more productivity to his game if he wants to prove his worth and succeed at Anfield next season.

Keita’s Unavailability For The Final: Huge Blow For The Reds?

His recent injury will undoubtedly be a hammer blow for the Reds as they prepare to face off against Spurs in Europe’s biggest cup competition. Klopp will be desperate to get his hands on the trophy after his side narrowly missed out on claiming the winners’ medal last season.

If Keita can somehow make a miraculous recovery, then there is a chance for Klopp to use him as a substitute versus Tottenham. However, for now, it doesn’t look good for the Guinea midfielder with just eight days left to go until the Champions League final kicks off at the Wanda Metropolitano on the first day of next month.

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