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Trent Alexander-Arnold OUT vs. Porto as 23-man squad travels

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has not travelled as part of Liverpool‘s 23-man squad for tonight’s Champions League clash with Porto, with the right-back out despite training.

The Reds flew to Portugal on Monday evening, following open training at Kirkby and a press conference fronted by Jurgen Klopp and Diogo Jota.

Alexander-Arnold was one of 25 players to take part in the lunchtime session, but Klopp told reporters that Liverpool had “one too many” to make the cut at the Estadio do Dragao.

Goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga was already due to be omitted, with the Brazilian ineligible for the Champions League, and it transpires that the decision was out of the manager’s hands.

Twenty-three players arrived in Porto, with final preparations to take place at Boavista’s training ground, but Alexander-Arnold was not part of the group.

The Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle has described it as a “major scare” for Liverpool, with a cliched “race against time” ahead of Sunday’s clash with Man City, though that is highly sensationalist at this stage.

Either way, the absence of Alexander-Arnold gives Klopp a decision to make, which is certainly eased by the return of availability of Neco Williams.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 9, 2021: Liverpool's Neco Williams applauds the supporters after a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Along with the young Welshman, James Milner and Joe Gomez are other options at right-back, while Klopp’s reference to “shape” as he discussed the possibility of team leaks in Portugal could even hint at a change in formation.

Liverpool are blessed with a plethora of centre-backs now, of course, with Nat Phillips travelling along with the usual senior group of Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate.

It seems unlikely that Klopp would field a back three, but it remains an option given the players available to him.

There were no other surprises among the group that flew to Porto, with Naby Keita joining his team-mates after a brief spell out through injury.

As well as Alexander-Arnold, both Thiago and Harvey Elliott are currently sidelined, as injury problems continue to challenge Klopp this season.


Liverpool squad in Porto

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 27, 2021: Liverpool players walk out before a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 2 game between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher

Defenders: Van Dijk, Matip, Gomez, Konate, Phillips, Robertson, Tsimikas, Williams

Midfielders: Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Jones, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain

Forwards: Salah, Mane, Jota, Firmino, Minamino, Origi

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