Two first-team midfielders missing from Liverpool’s Champions League squad

Liverpool will be missing two midfielders from their Champions League squad.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has omitted midfielder Naby Keita from the side’s Europe ventures over worries over the player’s ongoing injury problem.

The midfielder suffered a muscle during pre-season and he has so far not registered any Premier League minutes, ironically amid speculation that he is unwilling to sign a new contract over a lack of playing time.

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There have been concerns over the the level of the damage that he sustained and so he has been left out -while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also out with a hamstring injury.

The Merseyside club will begin their Champions League campaign against Napoli on Wednesday – the rest of their meetings include Ajax and Rangers.

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But indeed, Keita is now not eligible for any of those encounters – as he cannot be registered until January.

Klopp has found replacements for Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain by the way of Arthur, who joined on loan from Juventus on the final day of the window, and teenager Stefan Bajcetic will also feature.

Rules state competing clubs are allowed to name a maximum of 25 players in their Champions League squad, and that must include at least eight homegrown players.

Last year's finalists Liverpool have seven, which means that have only been able to name a 24-man 'A list' squad.

UEFA rules read that: “A player may be registered on List B if he is born on, or after, 1 January 2001 and has been eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday by the time he is registered with UEFA – or for a total of three consecutive years with a maximum of one loan period to a club from the same association for a period not longer than one year. Players aged 16 may be submitted if they have been registered with the club for the previous two years without interruption.”


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