By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne has been left out of his side’s Sunday afternoon clash against Manchester United due to a rib injury – and Reds fans on Twitter are worried.
The 25-year-old full-back played the whole 90 minutes in his side’s 1-0 defeat against Southampton in midweek.
However, he was not named in the 18-man matchday squad to face rivals United at Old Trafford.
Young starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named in the right-back position instead, while Joel Matip is also missing from his side’s back four.
Liverpool fans on social media are now worried that Clyne as well as Matip will be missing from their side for the pivotal encounter.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
No Matip, Clyne. Coutinho on the bench. A draw would be nice.
— Galih Waskito A (@galihverpool) January 15, 2017
Bad week for Liverpool so far. No Matip or Clyne at the back, Coutinho on the bench. Gonna take a big performance to win today!
— Declan McMahon (@DeccyLFC) January 15, 2017
No Mane, Coutinho, Sturridge, Clyne, Matip in the starting 11. Im behind the team 100% but cant help feel a lack of confidence in the side.
— Kop Rover (@Joegriffin7) January 15, 2017
No Clyne, Matip, Mane or Coutinho ????????????????
— Liam Hopkins (@Liam_Hopkins95) January 15, 2017
No Clyne. Matip unable to play. Coutinho and Sturridge on the bench. Ok, it's cool. Breathe. Breathe. pic.twitter.com/aGDggSc1lF
— Maarya (@Maarya_21) January 15, 2017
I give up no lie no clyne coutinho matip sturridge we might as well just give them the 3 points instead of playing
— TuchyThaBoss (@TuchyJay) January 15, 2017
No Matip, Clyne or Coutinho. Haha this isn't going to end well.
— Vivek (@VivekRaju8) January 15, 2017
Clyne has been an ever-present in the Liverpool team after completing a £12.5million move from Southampton in the summer of 2015.
He has played in 24 encounters in all competitions this season and is one of the solid parts of a error-prone defence.
It is a bad game for Clyne to miss as the Reds are now preparing to face a United side, which contains the attacking threat of Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Fans will be hoping for a solid performance from their makeshift back four as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.
In other Liverpool news, fans reacted to the club being forced to omit Joel Matip from their side.