Revealed: Why James Milner did not feature vs Man United

Liverpool continue to lose defensive options

Liverpool were handed yet another injury blow on Sunday as they prepared to take on Manchester United.

Heading into the game Liverpool were already short of defensive options.

The Reds recently lost Joel Matip to injury with a club statement expecting the centre-back to be out for around six weeks:

Early indications suggest the centre-back is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though that is dependent on how Matip responds to his treatment and rehabilitation programmes.”

Liverpool also lost their main right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to injury vs Napoli during the week with the youngster being assessed on a game by game basis.

Furthermore, Liverpool are set to be without Joe Gomez for some time after the defender was taken off vs Burnley.

With Gomez and TAA Liverpool’s main right-back options, losing them was a huge blow.

However, the ever-adaptable James Milner can play right-back and it was thought he would do so vs United.

Unfortunately, Milner would also suffer an injury prior to Sunday’s game.

When speaking about Milner’s injury Klopp had this to say:

“Millie felt a muscle a little bit and we cannot take any risk, that’s it.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gives the thumbs up to his players during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 02, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Man United

Despite suffering so many defensive injuries recently, Liverpool were unbeaten in 16 league games heading into the United clash.

But after Man City beat Everton on Saturday, Liverpool needed to win to ensure they went back to the top of the league.

Man United, on the other hand, went into the game in 6th place.

United had also won just one of their last five league games, that win coming against bottom of the league, Fulham.

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