Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Connor Randall has been ruled out for the midweek Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan with a muscle injury. The German boss revealed the 20-year-old has not travelled with the squad to Russia.
"We are here with 18 players, plus three goalkeepers. On Tuesday Connor Randall had a problem. I'm not sure what the problem is. It's something to do with a muscle. He wasn't good so he couldn't travel," the Liverpool Echo quoted Klopp as saying.
Randall made his debut during Liverpool's 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup tie along with Cameron Brannagan and Joao Carlos Teixiera. Klopp praised the trio as his first win as the Reds manager saw his side progress to the quarter-final of the competition.
Kolo Toure picked up a hamstring injury against Bournemouth and was replaced in the first half. The Liverpool Echo reports the former Arsenal and Manchester City defender has been declared fit and has made it to Liverpool's trip to Russia to face Rubin Kazan.
With Randall's latest injury, he now joins the striker duo of Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings, club captain Jordan Henderson and defensive duo of Jon Flanagan and Joe Gomez in the treatment room.
The last fixture between these two sides at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw on 23 October. Klopp admitted he was not aware of Rubin Kazan's young players before his side faced them in the third group stage fixture of the Europa League.
"When I prepare my team for a very important game, like it is tomorrow, I only watch the game and the style of the other team and not a single player, so I don't think about one player," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.
"They have a few young players in the squad that I didn't know before, but now I know them. I don't think about this in this moment. We have no time to see the city until now. We landed in the afternoon and we were in the hotel. Now we are here, but we are not here for visiting Kazan and I hope you will see that tomorrow!"