Liverpool have announced their squad to travel to Belgium in midweek and two key defenders miss out.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip are not included in the travelling squad for the midweek clash with KRC Genk,liverpoolfc.com has confirmed. However, Mo Salah will be available for the Champions League match after missing Sunday’s draw with Manchester United.
Alexander-Arnold has a virus and has stayed in England. Jurgen Klopp does not want the illness spreading to the other players so he has erred on the side of caution. Meanwhile, Matip has a “sore knee” and he is not risked.
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Klopp has only named four defenders in his squad. Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson and Virgil Van Dijk are the only defenders who will travel. Klopp has decided against calling up any youngsters.
Other players, such as James Milner and Fabinho, can also play in defence. But Liverpool will hope for an easy win against Genk without regular starters Alexander-Arnold and Matip.
Klopp has this one right – there is no point risking either player if there are any slight concerns. He will hope to have both Alexander-Arnold and Matip back for the weekend clash with Tottenham Hotspur.
Without Alexander-Arnold and Matip, Liverpool’s options are limited. Lovren and Van Dijk are likely to partner each other in central defence with Gomez and Robertson potentially playing on either flank. Alternatively, Milner could play at full-back, allowing Robertson to be rested or Gomez to play in the middle.
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