Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had to make some difficult decisions as the Reds prepare to start their Champions League final against Napoli midweek.
Jurgen Klopp has opted to keep both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of Liverpool’s Champions League squad ahead of the next group stage.
The Reds embark on their latest adventure in Europe’s premier club competition as they travel to Italy this week to take on Serie A giants Napoli. Also, in this season’s group stage, they will face Dutch giants Ajax and Scottish side Rangers.
Ahead of this week’s opener, the Merseysiders have announced the name of their group stage team. It seems to share a familiar look, but last year’s losing finalist will see his duo of experienced midfielders sidelined by injury.
Since neither Oxlade-Chamberlain nor Keita are expected to be in good shape for at least half of the Reds’ six games over the next eight weeks, Jurgen Klopp has decided not to include either player as they continue on their journey towards recovery.
What Compelled the Two Midfielders to Leave?
Former Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is currently out having suffered a thigh injury and is expected to be sidelined for a long period of time.
Guinean midfielder Keita is also out indefinitely as his long-term future at Anfield with former RB Leipziger in the final year of his contract is in question. A possible return to training has not yet been announced, but his injuries early in the season were not serious when they first occurred.
In the recent game against Merseyside rivals Everton, Jurgen Klopp the midfield trio of Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, and Fabinho were chosen. Carvalho and Elliott are very talented players, however, they lack experience and defensive skills, thus leaving the Liverpool fans disappointed in the absence of Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The inclusion of Arthur is beneficial for Liverpool, especially given their Champions League experience. Therefore, it will be an interesting to sight to behold, regarding his chances to impress against Napoli next week.
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