Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds plc

12/16/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/16/2018 11:13

Klopp explains Milner absence and Clyne inclusion v United

J├╝rgen Klopp has explained the reason for James Milner's absence from Liverpool's squad for Sunday's game against Manchester United.

The Reds' vice-captain is not available for the clash at Anfield, with Klopp saying pre-match: 'Millie felt a muscle a little bit and we cannot take any risk, that's it.'

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Clyne comes in for his first Premier League appearance of the season after recovering from injury, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez both ruled out along with Milner.

'[He is] As ready as possible. Clyney is a high-class player,' Klopp continued.

'He didn't play for a while, that's true, he was injured and we had other options in the position. That's how life sometimes is, it's not really fair but it was the situation.

'But he trained most of the time without any complaints. In the last two to two-and-a-half weeks he had a couple of problems, but he's available now. He's fine. Physically he's ready - I asked him and he said 'yeah, the adrenaline will help'.

'The next option, Rafa Camacho, I would've taken that as well, it's a good option and he's on the bench. So as long as we have options, all good.'