Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be out for the next four weeks following a calf-injury sustained during the 1-1 stalemate against Manchester City on Sunday – and Raheem Sterling has sent a message to his international teammate.
Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool an early lead at the Etihad Stadium following a foul from Kyle Walker on Sadio Mane. City restored parity just after the half-hour mark following some exquisite skill from Gabriel Jesus before the Brazilian striker tapped home past his fellow countryman Alisson Becker.
The draw keeps the gap between the two team at five points – although City do still have a game in hand. Liverpool go into the international break in third, a point behind leaders Leicester while Pep Guardiola’s team sit 10th.
Jurgen Klopp would have been satisfied with a point going into the encounter, however, the recent setback to Alexander-Arnold has overshadowed what would have been a good afternoon’s work from the Premier League champions.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, posted on Instagram as the West-Derby defender begins his rehabilitation process alongside an injury list which already includes Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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The England international had played every single minute of Premier League football this season, and has since withdrawn from Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s international break – with England facing Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
Sterling responded to Alexander-Arnold’s Instagram, posting a four-word response to his England teammate – while the Liverpool right-back also received a message from club-captain Jordan Henderson.