Monday, September 16, 2019

Divock Origi was not included in Liverpool's travelling squad for their Champions League opener against Napoli after twisting his ankle in the 3-1 victory over Newcastle at the weekend.

Origi was withdrawn before half-time against the Magpies as Liverpool continued their 100 per cent winning start to the Premier League season.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday Origi would undergo a scan and was hopeful the issue was 'not that serious', but the Belgian striker was absent from the 20-man group that will travel to Naples on Monday afternoon.

Klopp will miss the presence of Origi in his squad as they travel to Italy. The Belgian proved pivotal in the latter stages of last season's Champions League competition, scoring in the semi final against Barcelona as well as netting the second in Liverpool's 2-0 win in the final against Spurs in Madrid.

Teenager Rhian Brewster has taken Origi's place in the squad as Liverpool begin the defence of their European crown against a side that have finished Serie A runners-up in three of the last four seasons.

Fellow forward Sadio Mane and full-back Andy Robertson have been cleared, as expected, after Klopp confirmed the pair suffered minor knocks at the weekend.


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