A minor muscular problem has ruled James Milner out of Liverpool’s Boxing Day meeting with Newcastle United, Jürgen Klopp has explained.

The vice-captain is missing from the Reds’ squad for the clash with Rafa Benitez’s side at Anfield – as is Alberto Moreno, who is nursing a back complaint.

Speaking pre-match about Milner’s absence, Klopp said: “It’s not that serious but still serious enough to put him out of the squad today. 

“Millie has a little muscle problem so we couldn’t fix it quick enough, obviously, similar to Alberto Moreno [who has] some back problems.”

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