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Four players were left off of the roster for Liverpool’s match against USG, which is bad news for Man Utd.

Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has terrible news for Manchester United: four of his best players will be fully rested for this weekend’s meeting at Anfield. On Thursday, the Reds will play Union Saint-Gilloise in the Europa League, but they won’t be playing at full strength.

Liverpool has won four of their five games, securing first place in Group E. This implies that they will not face a team who placed third in their respective Champions League groups in a knockout play-off round encounter.

After four straight victories across all competitions, Klopp will still be anxious to keep up the momentum. In advance of their match against Union SG on Wednesday afternoon, Liverpool took a flight to Belgium.

However, four noteworthy members of the traveling team were not there. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah, and Virgil van Dijk have all been left behind.

Along with Darwin Nunez, Salah has made the most appearances for Liverpool this season with 22. This semester, Van Dijk and Alisson’s absences are not out of the ordinary in Europe.

Van Dijk played just one game in the competition, which was a 3-1 victory at Lask in September. Alisson only played once in the Europa League, which was in the early October rematch against Union SG.

Only for Saturday’s thrilling comeback victory at Crystal Palace did the Brazilian return from injury. Marcelo Pitaluga and Fabian Mrozek, two youthful goalkeepers, will be available as backups for Caoimhín Kelleher in goal.

Four out of the first five group-stage matches included Alexander-Arnold. However, Klopp has decided to fully rest him in front of Sunday’s crucial matchup with United.

Other players not to travel to Belgium include long-term absentees Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, and Joel Matip, as well as Diogo Jota and Alexis Mac Allister, who have been kept at home to recover from injuries.

Erik ten Hag, the manager of United, won’t be pleased to learn that four of Liverpool’s best players have been given time off, though. With two extra days to prepare for the journey to Anfield, the Dutchman would have hoped that the extra time would have had some effect.

However, Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Van Dijk, and Alisson will now receive a rest. United is hoping to get revenge on Anfield for the 7-0 thrashing they endured there back in March.

At the moment, Liverpool leads the Premier League standings by one point over Arsenal. United is ten points behind its fierce rivals in sixth place.

 

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