With the Carabao Cup Semi Final just 24 hours away, the last thing Jurgen Klopp wanted, was to lose another key player to injury, but that is just what has happened, with the news that influential right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a knee injury.
Despite starring in the recent 2 - 0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup, news broke earlier today that Alexander-Arnold suffered an injury towards the end of the match. The injury was not instantly apparent, with Trent celebrating the victory with the rest of the squad at full time, before conducting several interviews with the BBC and Liverpoolfc.com.
Sadly, after returning to the AXA Training Ground on Monday, Trent felt a problem with his knee, which, after having a scan, has been confirmed as a small tear in the lateral ligament of his knee. The injury was likely caused by Trent hyperextending his knee during the game.
Although not a serious injury, Alexander-Arnold will need several weeks rest, meaning he will miss a number of key games over the coming weeks. The Reds are already with Mo Salah and Wataru Endo, who are both on international duty, Captain Virgil Van Dijk is currently sidelined with a sickness bug, and both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas are out with shoulder injuries.
Which games will Trent miss?
There is never a good time for a key member of the squad to be injured, but with Liverpool's already lengthy list of absentees, losing a player of Arnold's importance is a huge blow, especially with so many important games coming up.
So which games will Alexander-Arnold miss?
January 10th vs Fulham - Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg (home)
January 21st vs AFC Bournemouth - Premier League (away)
January 24th vs Fulham - Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg (away)
January 27th vs Norwich City or Bristol Rovers - FA Cup 4t Round (home)
Hopefully Trent will be back before the end of the month, when Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League. Even so, missing both legs of the Carabao Cup Semi Final will be disappointing to both Klopp and the player. The game against Bournemouth will be difficult, and we will need to take them seriously, but we will still be favourites, despite our injuries, whilst the FA Cup tie will likely see Klopp rotate his players anyway, so Trent may have been in line for a rest that weekend anyway.
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