Liverpool’s Trophy Hunt Hit By Alexander-Arnold Injury

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp watches as Liverpool's English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 16, 2022. Ian Kington / IKIMAGES / AFP
Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp watches as Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold warms up ahead of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 16, 2022. Ian Kington / IKIMAGES / AFP

 

Liverpool’s quest for a clean sweep of four major trophies this season has been dealt a blow with influential right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold set to be sidelined for weeks by a hamstring injury.

Alexander-Arnold will definitely miss Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Nottingham Forest and England’s upcoming friendlies against the Ivory Coast and Switzerland.

Of most concern for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, though, is whether he will be fit in time for both legs of his side’s Champions League quarter-final either side of a potential Premier League title decider away to Manchester City.

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“Trent is out with a hamstring. He cannot be part of England as well so not good news, we will see how long that takes,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Asked if the 23-year-old will be sidelined for weeks, Klopp replied: “Yes.”

Alexander-Arnold already has a career-high 17 assists in all competitions this season and Klopp knows he does not have a like-for-like replacement with centre-back Joe Gomez or veteran James MIlner likely to deputise.

“To replace Trent is difficult, but possible,” added Klopp.

“The way he plays, I don’t know any player in the world who plays like Trent to be honest, that would be difficult to find a one-to-one replacement.”

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Van Dijk’s Knee Does Not Look Like It Should: Klopp


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Virgil van Dijk’s knee does not look like a knee should look after surgery, the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said.

The Reds defender ruptured his knee ligaments in the Merseyside derby in October following a nasty challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and has since undergone successful surgery.

During a  pre-match press conference ahead of their Champions League fixture against Ajax, Klopp said that the defender was in good condition though his knee wasn’t in great shape.

“Considering the circumstances he is doing well but the knee doesn’t look good,” to be honest, the reds boss said regrettably.

Van Dijk who has been an instrumental part of the premier league winning side has notched 14 goals in 162 matches, while his defensive partnership pairing with Gomez and Matip successively kept 61 clean sheets

He also had this to say concerning the defender’s knee “it doesn’t look good, to be honest. It doesn’t look like a knee should look, but it looks good for a knee with that surgery and the time he had since the surgery”

“So, yes, of course, we are in contact and he’s doing well, that’s true.” when asked if he and the defender were in contact

Klopp also provided an update on Thiago Alcantara’s injury, saying the Spanish midfielder remains a few weeks away from full fitness. Thiago picked up an injury against Everton, following a tackle from Richarlison.

“Thiago, we have to maybe clarify it a little bit,” he affirmed.

”After the scans, it was like one was really bad news, and the other one was really good news because nothing was broken, nothing was ruptured and stuff like this, he further added.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who suffered a calf injury during the Manchester City match has resumed on-pitch rehabilitation according to the manager

“Trent looks quite good,” Klopp also said.

“I saw him on the pitch doing his rehab stuff so that already looks good but I cannot decide when it will be finished. From what I saw today, it won’t be much longer,” he concluded.

Liverpool next face Ajax in their champions league tie on Tuesday with Naby Keita, James Milner, Joe Gomez, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a long-term absentee with a knee injury.