Reason behind Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Champions League exclusion

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be part of Jurgen Klopp's squad for possibly the Champions League group stages

  • Jurgen Klopp's decision to drop both injured midfielders is being viewed  as 'coming best for the club at this stage'

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita omitted from Champions League squad

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is one of Liverpool's few players who have always been on the sidelines watching the Reds in action over the past years.

He has soon come to the realisation that his time to draw the cotton with the club is not far away with Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool keenness to employ long-term service men capable of filling the former Arsenal man's role.

Keita joined the category of injury players at Liverpool, in fact it went far to render the Guinean's Liverpool career average. A promising talent that he was after taking the Bundesliga by storm in 2017, Naby Keita joined the Reds in what was then the club's record buying fee - the fee which was agreed upon before Virgil van Dijk £75million move to Anfield.

Since his £58 million arrival from RB Leipzig, Keita has struggled with one injury and another, reoccurring in a short sequence.

Jurgen Klopp opted to keep both stars for his sides Champions League campaign possibly this year as they both have similar injury problem.

While they both nurse a muscle injury, new Liverpool signing Arthur Melo, youngster Stefan  Bajcetic, and Harvey Elliott who's expected to get into the squad list soon – will get their chances alongside Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.

Jurgen Klopp's decision to omit Keita  and Oxlade-Chamberlain is best for his side looking at the possibility of another injury setback at the middle of the campaign.

Liverpool will kickoff their European evening showpiece of football against Napoli on Wednesday. The last time both teams met it ended in 1-1 draw at Anfield.

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