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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joël Matip Ruled Out of Genk Match

The Reds will be without two key defenders on Wednesday—but Mohamed Salah is set to return.

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Mohamed Salah was back in training today and will be available for selection on Wednesday evening, offering manager Jürgen Klopp a boost ahead of Liverpool’s match against Genk in the Champions League.

However, that good news was countered by two pieces of bad, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joël Matip both ruled out and left off the travelling squad as the rest of the team left for Belgium this afternoon.

Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out due to a virus while Matip is nursing a sore knee, and in both cases the club erred on the side of caution in choosing to leave them behind to rest and recover with an eye to Sunday.

That means, then, that there is every chance the duo will be able to face Tottenham on the weekend. Before then, though, it’s going to mean a minor selection headache for the Liverpool manager.

It most likely sets up a situation where Joe Gomez fills in at right back while Dejan Lovren comes in to play alongside Virgil van Dijk in the middle, though there’s always a chance James Milner could fill in at fullback.

Liverpool currently sit second in their group with three points, level with Red Bull and a point behind Napoli. Genk are the group trailers with one point thanks to a draw against earned against Napoli.

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