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Alexander-Arnold didn’t travel to Belgium with the rest of the team because he is too ill for the trip.

Matip is also missing due to having a sore knee.

Alexander-Arnold rose to prominence in 2016 when he joined the Reds’ senior squad and was then established as a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up a year later.

The England international replaced regular right-back Nathaniel Clyne and has so far made a total of 98 appearances for the Merseyside club.

The 21-year-old has also featured on all of Liverpool’s Premier League matches this season and even scored a stunning goal against Chelsea.

Alexander-Arnold’s absence means Joe Gomez could take his place in defence although James Milner is also an option.

Liverpool will have more problems to deal with in defence with Matip’s absence, which means Dejan Lovren could come in.

The Cameroon international, signed on a free transfer three years ago, has been in impressive form for the Reds this season but has a fitness problem which reoccurred after facing Manchester United at the weekend.

But Mohamed Salah has returned to the squad following an ankle injury he suffered against Leicester before the international break.

Salah didn’t manage to regain full fitness in time for the derby with Manchester United and didn’t play at Old Trafford.

However, the Egypt international could make his long-anticipated return on Wednesday against Genk at the Luminus Arena.

Klopp said before the derby with United: “Mo was not ready, that’s how it is.

“He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play.

“There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday, we have to see.”

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