Chelsea’s Lukaku omitted from squad to face Liverpool: reports

28-year-old, who signed for Chelsea from Inter Milan in the close season for a
club-record fee of 97.5 million pounds ($131.91 million), told Sky Italy this
week that he was unhappy with manager Thomas Tuchel’s system, adding that he
would like to return to Italy at some point in his career.

Asked about
the Belgian international’s comments ahead of the Liverpool game, Tuchel said
they were “not helpful”.

don’t like it of course. It brings noise that we don’t need and it’s not
helpful… We can take the time to try and understand what is going on… if there
is something to discuss it’s behind closed doors, for sure,” the German
told reporters.

Lukaku has
scored in his last two Premier League appearances — against Aston Villa and
Brighton & Hove Albion — following his return to the side after testing positive
for COVID-19.

He has
netted seven times in 18 games across all competitions this season.

Chelsea are
second in the league standings with 42 points from 20 games, a point ahead of
third-placed Liverpool who have a game in hand.

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