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Klopp explains Alexander-Arnold’s absence against Crystal Palace

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The right-back was a notable absentee from the Reds’ matchday squad for the league meeting with the Eagles.

Trent Alexander-Arnold did not make the Liverpool squad against Crystal Palace due to illness, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

Alexander-Arnold has had a bright start to the new season, registering two assists in the first four Premier League games and one in the Champions League campaign opener.

The England international, though, misses out from Saturday’s encounter at Anfield as he feels under the weather.

“Trent woke up this morning, felt unwell, we just had to send him home,” Klopp told the Premier League‘s matchday coverage (via This Is Anfield).

“It’s all fine, it’s not Covid. We tested everything, but he didn’t feel well anyway.”

Klopp made a few other changes in his starting XI, with Andy Robertson dropped to the bench and Kostas Tsimikas taking his place while Ibrahima Konate was handed the chance to make his debut.

“That’s rotation,” the Liverpool boss continued.

“It was clear that Virgil and Ibou would start today together, and then Kostas makes sense as well. [Tsimikas] played really well for us this season already, Robbo now had a lot of games – with Scotland and us – in his legs, so that was clear.

“We need to make changes, but we need rhythm as well.

“That’s why there are not too many changes in midfield, so we go again with Fab and Hendo; up front, only Sadio is coming back, which makes sense.”