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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has gotten precisely what he wanted from Naby Keita, who has opted out of international service.

With a hamstring injury, the former RB Leipzig star has been out of action since the Reds’ Community Shield victory against Manchester City, missing out on a place in Liverpool’s Champions League group stages.

It is unclear when the 27-year-old will return to action with LFC, but Klopp recently stated that he was optimistic that Keita would not be called up by Guinea for the forthcoming international break, in which they will face Algeria and the Ivory Coast.

The German said: “No, I don’t expect him [Keita] to go on international duty.

“The expected return date is somewhere in October, that’s why we had to make the decision. With Ox it is the same and that’s why the two boys are not in the Champions League squad because of their expected return.”

Now, Keita’s nation have confirmed that the midfielder will not be available to be called upon for the upcoming matches.

A statement read: “The midfielder and captain of the Syli National will not be able to honor his summons on the sidelines of the international break in September 2022 due to his state of physical health. Selected as the 24th player, Naby Keita was followed closely by the technical staff of the national team of Guinea.

“His state of health has been the subject of particular attention and regular exchanges have taken place between the Guinean Football Federation, Liverpool Football Club and the player. As indicated by the national coach on September 7, 2022, Mr. Kaba Diawara, a final assessment was made by the technical staff.

“It has been noted that the player’s situation is improving. However, according to the medical report sent by the Liverpool Football Club, Naby Keita is considered too fair for the two games of Guinea.

“The technical staff of the Guinea national team has made the final decision to let the player continue his club’s treatment protocol in order to allow him to return to competition as soon as possible and be available for the next national team matches. and in clubs.”