It sounds like Naby Keita has been fortunate to escape serious injury following Paul Pogba’s horrific tackle on him.
Pogba was sent off for his over-the-top two-footed lunge on Keita in the 60th-minute of Liverpool’s 5-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Keita had to be stretchered off as his manager Jurgen Klopp put his hands on his head following Pogba’s terrible challenge.
The midfielder had earlier given Liverpool the lead – his second goal in as many matches following his brilliant strike against Atletico Madrid last Tuesday.
However, after the match, thoughts immediately turned to his condition after Pogba’s studs had caught him on the shin.
“We have to see how serious it is, it’s very painful but we’ll see – we’ll only know tomorrow or the day after tomorrow,” Klopp said after the match.
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However, The Athletic gave a promising update on Tuesday reporting: “After the final whistle, Keita was able to stand and join in with the celebrations. He did not need crutches and Liverpool expect any bruising to settle down quickly.”
It could have been a lot worse.
However, it wasn’t thanks to Keita’s shinpads that he avoided serious injury.
That’s because, after the match, images have been shared on Liverpool’s Reddit thread showing Keita’s ridiculously small shinpads.
Premier League rules state players must wear shinpads but it seems players like Keita opt for the smallest possible protection.
Many are comparing them to an AirPod case.
“That’s… I’m lost for words honestly,” wrote on Liverpool fan.
Another supporter added: “This really needs fixed by the FA.”
“Ffs that seems risky as hell,” a third added.
A fourth asked whether Liverpool should intervene by saying: “How is that even allowed?! The club surely have must have some policy on wearing proper shin pads.”
A fifth joked: “Pretty sure that’s a bar of soap.”
To be honest, it didn’t really matter what shinpads Keita was wearing during Pogba’s tackle. He was always going to come off second best to the lunging Frenchman and the United man would have been sent off regardless.
But for a player that is so injury-prone, you’d expect him to do everything he can to avoid another injury at all costs.