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Why Trent Alexander-Arnold is on the bench for Liverpool vs Chelsea

The Englishman was only available for a spot on the substitutes bench this lunchtime.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been left among the Liverpool substitutes for their clash with Chelsea after suffering a muscle injury during the week, meaning that he has only trained once before the tie.

Ninth play tenth, but not as you know it, in the Premier League this lunchtime as Liverpool play host to Chelsea.

Both sides are miles away from their pre-season aspirations, with much of the talk ahead of the campaign about who would join the pair and Manchester City in the top four come May. Fast forward four months, however, and both sit 10 points away from fourth-placed Newcastle United, and a massive 19 points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.

A win for either could lift them as high as sixth should results go their way, but with neither side tearing up trees since the season resumed after the World Cup, it is hard to predict which way the game will go.

But, among the Liverpool team news there were several shocks as Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Darwin Nunez and Joel Matip all left among the substitutes, while there was a full Premier League debut for Stefan Bajcetic in midfield.

Also among the substitutes was Alexander-Arnold, with 37-year-old veteran being named at right back to the horror of plenty of Reds fans.

Faced up against the possibility of the speedy Mykhaylo Mudryk, Jurgen Klopp clearly thought it better to avoid risking one of his creative stars, and the Englishman joins a host of gamechangers available from the bench.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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