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Jurgen Klopp provides Naby Keita update after injury scare in Liverpool’s win over Norwich


Liverpool star Naby Keita was replaced after 45 minutes against Norwich (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp played down fears over Naby Keita’s fitness after the midfielder was taken off at half-time in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Norwich.

Takumi Minamino scored a brace and Divock Origi also netted at Carrow Road as the Reds cruised into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Teenagers Kaide Gordon and Conor Bradley were both handed their full Liverpool debuts by Klopp and Tyler Morton replaced Keita at the break to make his first appearance for the Merseyside giants.

The visitors will no doubt be pleased to have booked their place in the next round but Keita’s substitution put a slight dampener on an otherwise comfortable evening, with the Guinea international clearly in some discomfort after kicking the ground in the first half.

However, Klopp is hopeful Keita, fresh from his wondergoal against Crystal Palace, will be available when Liverpool return to Premier League action at newly-promoted Brentford in four days time.

‘Naby, in the first half, he kicked the grass,’ the Liverpool head coach told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle.

‘I don’t think it is serious but we didn’t want to take any risks. That’s it.’

Minamino scored at either end of the match at Carrow Road (Picture: Getty)

At his post-match press conference, the German added: ‘At half-time we had to change because Naby kicked the grass.

‘We are not too concerned but we had to change.’

Kelleher denied Tzolis from the spot in the first half (Picture: Getty)

Klopp was pleased with the spirit his much-changed Liverpool team showed in the second half after Caoimhin Kelleher’s penalty save to deny Christos Tzolis.

Asked what he learned from the match, Klopp replied: ‘That you have to score goals to win a game which I knew before!

‘But obviously we had moments where we struggled when it was clear the organisation was not right. We had to try some things that we didn’t want to try before the game.

‘Obviously, Curtis on six in the first half for the first time in his life and organisation was just not right.

‘The start was good from us and then we conceded. The whole front six never really played together and so the defending there was not great but we scored goals, kept fighting and I liked it.

‘It was a cup game, you have to score goals in the right moment which is what we did. We controlled the game really well in the second half, I liked that a lot, and so the kids did brilliant and I really like that.

‘Physically really strong so all good!’


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