Liverpool dealt another team selection issue ahead of Leeds United Premier League clash

Leeds United’s first opponents after the international break, Liverpool could be without one of their options in midfield due dramatic events in Guinea yesterday.

Naby Keita had joined up with the international team, who were due to face Morocco in a World Cup Qualifier on Monday but the game has been postponed due to an attempted coup in the country.

The BBC have claimed that the alleged coup was thwarted by the presidential guard, however reports from the country itself have stated that the government has been dissolved.

FIFA have issued a statement on the suspended game saying: “The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF.

“To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Guinea vs. Morocco, which had [been] scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea, on Monday 6 September.”

In the BBC article, it said: “Those behind the coup said that all land and air borders had been closed for a week.”

Should this be the case, then Liverpool would be without Keita for the match at Elland Road as he would not make it back into the country in time. The Reds already have Takumi Minamino unavailable due to an injury, with doubts also around Harvey Elliott after he withdrew from the England Under-21s squad.

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Furthermore, Brazilians Fabinho, Firmino and Alisson may be suspended as Brazil seek a FIFA punishment for Premier League clubs blocking their players from being called up to red-list countries during the international break. Should this be the case, Leeds would lose Raphinha for the game as well.

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