Naby Keita Celebrates Full Time Whistle By Tearing Off Recovery Patch

Naby Keita might have been injured on Tuesday, missing Liverpool's game with Barcelona, but the midfielder was still able to enjoy life at full time- even if he may have injured himself more.

There was so much remarkable about Liverpool's comeback on Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semi final against, most of all the fact that they had a three goal deficit to overcome.

As well as needing to win by three goals, just to take it to extra time, Jurgen Klopp's side had to do it without several of their best players, who were missing through injury.

All the focus was on Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, with the two players being replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, but Naby Keita was also missing after picking up a groin injury in the first leg.

The Guinean might have been missing the celebrations on the pitch but he certainly managed to enjoy himself at home, ripping off his recovery patch and looking in as much discomfort as he was jubilating:

You've got to respect the fact that he's sat at home in his Liverpool top even though he's currently sidelined and it was clearly better for him to be at home than at Anfield, unlike Salah and Firmino who were both fit enough to be at the game.

The former RB Leipzig midfielder's injury will unfortunately keep him out of the African Cup of Nations this summer, with Guinea facing Nigeria and debutants Madagascar and Burundi in the group stages.

Keita went off after a challenge with Ivan Rakitic. Image: PA Images
Keita went off after a challenge with Ivan Rakitic. Image: PA Images

Despite missing three of their first team players it was essentially Liverpool's replacements for that trio that won the game for the Reds on Tuesday.

Origi opened the scoring after seven minutes, after Jordan Henderson's shot hat been saved, and scored the winner with 11 minutes left following Trent Alexander Arnold's quick corner.

In between the two goals for the Belgian Georginio Wijnaldum, on for Andrew Robertson at half time, scored a brace of his own in two minutes, but arguably wouldn't have come on if Keita had been available.

Will Keita be jumping out of his seat again on June 1st?

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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