Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita reportedly tested positive for coronavirus at the end of last week – but there’s now suggestion it may have been a false positive.
With new-signing Thiago, as well as Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri previously testing positive for COVID-19, Liverpool fans will have been concerned when it emerged that Keita had been added to the list.
Guinea and Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has tested positive for coronavirus. So much for having an international break amidst a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/yXV3Go49gu
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) October 11, 2020
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With the midfielder forced to self-isolate in wake of the news, it looked as though he would be deemed unavailable for Liverpool’s Merseyside Derby clash with Everton at the weekend.
However, reports from his home nation now suggest that Keita has tested negative, suggesting that his original test could have been a false positive and he may well be declared available. See the below from Amadou Makadji.
Naby Keita have had another test today. He is negative and he has been allowed to leave the training camp of Syli National in Portugal this night. He will join Liverpool where he might undergo another test.
— Amadou Makadji™ ?? (@ThAmadouMakadji) October 13, 2020
Liverpool will take no risks with Keita, and it seems likely he will be tested again to ensure his involvement against the Toffees would be safe (and legal).
But – it’s good news for the Reds and Jurgen Klopp if he is now able to play. Their squad has been disrupted enough by positive tests. They’ll be hoping that the end is in sight.