Italy - Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is in hospital
in Naples after complaining of back pain when he came off early in Liverpool's
Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday, his club said.
The 23-year-old - who Liverpool paid
German side RB Leipzig £52 million for last year - underwent tests
after being taken off inside the opening 20 minutes of the match - which
Liverpool lost 1-0.
"Liverpool Football Club can confirm
Naby Keita was taken to hospital in Naples on Wednesday evening during the
first half of the Champions League fixture with SSC Napoli," read a club
"The midfielder started the game at
the Stadio San Paolo but was substituted inside the opening 20 minutes and
replaced by Jordan Henderson after alerting the team’s medical staff to back
"Keita was transferred to a local
hospital with the club doctor, where -- with the midfielder’s agreement -- he
underwent a number of precautionary health checks to assess his condition.
"No decision has yet been taken on
when the 23-year-old will be discharged."
Liverpool are back in action on Sunday against
Premier League giants Manchester City at Anfield.
Kick-off is at 17:30 (SA time).