Naby Keita suffered a horror tackle from Paul Pogba in Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The midfielder had had a brilliant game up to that point, scoring Liverpool’s opening goal and collecting an assist on a Mohamed Salah strike. Keita’s goal was his second in as many games in all competitions.
Fears were high that Keita would miss significant time after leaving the pitch on a stretcher. However, the midfielder left Old Trafford on his own, and without the support of crutches.
Bruising has been the only issue reported following the game. The tackle on Keita was not on the midfielder’s standing foot, which took the pressure off of what could have been an ankle breaker. Liverpool host Brighton on Saturday at Anfield and Keita could be available for the game.
With the Reds playing Preston North End in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday night at Deepdale, Jurgen Klopp has a midfield injury crisis on his hands. James Milner is now ruled out until after the next international break with a hamstring injury.
Thiago Alcantara is still ruled out of action, while Fabinho could be available for Liverpool’s upcoming Champions League match with Atletico Madrid. He won’t be ready for Brighton on Saturday, however.
Harvey Elliott continues to progress following his lower leg injury suffered in September.