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Liverpool receives another injury blow as recalled left-back suspended for Arsenal clash

The defender Liverpool recalled from loan to replace Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas will miss Arsenal class due to suspension

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Jurgen Klopp faces a conundrum for Liverpool’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal due to the suspension of Owen Beck suspension.

The left-back position has become a headache as both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas are sidelined with injuries. Klopp recalled Beck from his loan spell at Dundee to reinforce options but the 21-year-old won’t be available against Arsenal.

Beck’s suspension stems from yellow cards received while playing for Dundee against Bonnyrigg Rose and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish League Cup back in July. The FA clarified that his suspension must be served during the Arsenal game. This setback likely keeps Joe Gomez in the left-back role, a position he filled in recent wins against Burnley and Newcastle.

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This suspension arrives as a disappointment for Beck, who aimed to capitalize on the opportunity presented by injuries in his position. During his loan stint at Dundee, he made 20 appearances, netting twice, and drawing interest from other clubs.

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Liverpool defender Owen Beck will miss Arsenal clash due to suspension (Image credit: Getty Images)

Klopp commented on Beck’s return, highlighting the necessity given the team’s circumstances: “Now the situation here is clear – we lost two of our left-backs so it makes sense to bring back a boy we like who is available to us.”

Liverpool has recalled five players from loan spells in January: James Balagizi (Wigan), Fabio Carvalho (RB Leipzig), Rhys Williams (Aberdeen), and Nat Phillips (Celtic). Klopp indicated considerations for Phillips’ future after his loan spell at Celtic faced challenges due to injuries and the team’s form.

Klopp detailed, “Nat will train with us, and then we will see how that develops. With Rhys, it’s slightly different; he will initially join the under-21s. There’s a need to discuss why his loan spell didn’t work out as expected. The boy I know, I would expect him to play in Scotland, 100 percent.”

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