Romelu Lukaku dropped for Chelsea’s game against Liverpool
Romelu Lukaku has been dropped for Chelsea’s game against Liverpool, BBC Sport understands.
In an interview recorded several weeks ago but aired on Thursday, Belgium striker Lukaku said he was “not happy” with his bit-part role under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel earlier this season.
He added he would like to return to Inter Milan, who he left for Chelsea in August, in the near future.
Tuchel said the comments had brought the club “noise we don’t need”.
Lukaku has scored seven goals in 18 appearances since he rejoined Chelsea this summer. He has also been hampered by injury and illness and, at times, found himself left out of the starting line-up when fit.
However, he has had a recent upturn in form, scoring in his last two Premier League appearances, after discussions about his role with Tuchel.
Chelsea are set to be without Reece James, who was forced off against Brighton because of a hamstring injury.
Fellow wing-back Ben Chilwell is likely to miss the remainder of the season following knee surgery.
Andreas Christensen is doubtful with a back issue, while Timo Werner and Thiago Silva will be monitored after returning to training.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has returned a suspected positive test for Covid-19 and won’t be at Sunday’s game.
Assistant Pep Lijnders will instead take charge for the visit to Stamford Bridge.
Klopp revealed on Friday that three unnamed players had tested positive for the virus.
Thiago and Takumi Minamino are ruled out by injuries, while Andrew Robertson serves the final game of a three-match suspension.