Date: 15th January 2017 at 3:10pm
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By Alex Stevens

Nathaniel Clyne has been omitted from the Liverpool team that faces Manchester United on Sunday with a rib injury, according to a reliable journalist.

The regular Liverpool right-back has been replaced by rookie Trent Alexander-Arnold, 18, for the pivotal Premier League showdown at Old Trafford.

Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce revealed on his personal Twitter account that Clyne had missed out due to a problem sustained in the midweek League Cup defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.

Pearce explained that Clyne “tried to train” on Saturday night in a bid to shake off the abdominal injury “but was in too much discomfort” and was forced to withdraw from the team.

Liverpool have made four changes to the side that fell to a 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Wednesday, with Simon Mignolet, fit-again Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi recalled along with Alexander-Arnold.

This has resulted in Nathaniel Clyne, Loris Karius, Lucas Leiva and Daniel Sturridge dropping out of the starting XI.

It means that Anfield academy product Alexander-Arnold will start his first Premier League encounter after making a huge impression during his previous four appearances for the club.

The teenager’s only previous league appearance was as a late substitute in the 3-0 win against Middlesbrough on 14 December.

Liverpool have struggled in their last three matches with draws against Sunderland and Plymouth alongside their loss against the Saints.

But, they will be keen to return to winning ways against United on Sunday as they look to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

The Blues fought to a 3-0 victory over champions Leicester on Saturday, while victories for Arsenal and Tottenham have seen Liverpool drop down to fourth place.

The Reds have already faced Manchester United once this campaign, with both sides playing out a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

In other Liverpool news, Paul Merson believes the Reds would win the league with this January signing.

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