Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was left out of the squad to face Liverpool at home on Sunday after expressing dissatisfaction with his role at Stamford Bridge, according to British media. The 28-year-old, who signed for Chelsea from Inter Milan at the end of the season for a record 97.5million pounds ($ 131.91million), told Sky Italy this week that he was not happy with manager Thomas Tuchel’s system, adding that he would like to return to Italy at some point in his career. Asked about the Belgium international’s comments ahead of the game against Liverpool, Tuchel said they were « not useful« .
« We don’t like it, of course. It brings noise that we don’t need and it’s not useful …. we can take the time to try to figure out what is going on … if there is something to discuss, it is behind closed doors, that’s for sureThe German told reporters. Lukaku has scored in his last two Premier League appearances – against Aston Villa and Brighton – after returning to the squad following a positive COVID-19 test. He has scored seven times in 18 appearances in all competitions this season. Chelsea are second in the league with 42 points in 20 games, one point ahead of third-placed Liverpool, who are one game short.