Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be available for the Reds this week, as Jurgen Klopp’s men take on Genk in Belgium.
The defender is suffering with a virus, as revealed by Athletic UK reporter James Pearce on social media.
Trent Alexander-Arnold won’t travel to Belgium for CL game v Genk. Ruled out due to a virus. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) October 22, 2019
With Trent unable to feature, I’d hazard a guess that we’ll see Joe Gomez utilised on the right-hand side in his place, but there is also a chance that a youngster like Neco Williams could yet make the cut.
But with this being a Champions League fixture, it’s likely that Klopp will turn to a more experienced player – we could even see James Milner in a defensive role on Wednesday night.
Trent featured in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, and didn’t look 100% – but at least we now know why.
With a virus, the full back should be back in time for the Reds’ fixture against Spurs at the weekend, but there’s a chance it may rule him out for that too.
With Trent not travelling with the squad, it seems as if he’s been told to rest up in preparation for our big test against the Champions League runners up at Anfield.
FWIW – Nathaniel Clyne is still ruled out with an ACL injury, and is unlikely to feature again until the new year.