Naby Keita: Liverpool midfielder heading home after escaping Guinea’s military coup

Naby Keita was caught up in a military coup in his homeland of Guinea (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool womidfielder Naby Keita is on his way back to Europe after flying out of Guinea despite the country being in the midst of a military coup.

After borders were closed following the overthrowing of President Alpha Conde, Guinea’s World Cup qualifying opponents Morocco – whose match on Monday was postponed due to the instability – were granted an escort to leave the country.

However, the situation locally remained confusing, though the PA news agency understands that Keita and some of his teammates boarded a flight on Tuesday and are heading home.

Liverpool were in constant dialogue with their player and the relevant authorities over the last few days and were confident they could get the midfielder back “in a timely manner”.

The Reds play Leeds at Elland Road in the Premier League on Sunday.

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