Liverpool will look to continue to make progress in their defence of the Champions League when they travel to Belgium to face Genk on Wednesday evening, but they will be without two key players, although another one will return to the side.
The Reds go into the contest off the back of dropping their first Premier League points of the season against arch-rivals Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, so they will be eager to get back on the winning habit.
Liverpool know all about negotiating the group stage of the Champions League, although it should be remembered that they lost their first game of this campaign, which means they cannot afford to slip up in Belgium, in what is becoming a very competitive section.
If the Reds are to get a victory over the Belgian outfit, they are going to have to do so without a couple of first choice defenders in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.
Neither man has travelled to the continent for the clash, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp highlighting the reasons why, when he addressed the media ahead of the contest.
“Trent is ill and Joel is not ready.” The Reds official website quote him as saying.
“It is just a little thing which usually settles in the two weeks [Matip] had; it did, but then it came up after the United game and so now we just have to make sure this time it settles finally, that’s all. It is not a massive injury, it’s just a bit annoying for him and he cannot do it [face Genk].
“Trent got ill overnight; hopefully he can recover quickly, but for tomorrow there was no chance.”
There was some good news provided by the Liverpool boss however, with the German confirming that Mo Salah has recovered from the issue which kept him out of the Old Trafford stalemate, allowing him to feature.
“It’s absolutely good to have him back,”
“The squad is cool, it’s a good squad, everything is OK, but that’s all.”