Jurgen Klopp dropped some worrying injury news about Trent Alexander-Arnold on Tuesday evening. The full-back is in a race against time.
Trent Alexander-Arnold didn’t face FC Porto on Tuesday as he had a groin problem. Unfortunately, it’s one that could keep him out of the Manchester City fixture on Sunday.
“It didn’t look serious,” Klopp told BT Sport. “In the end, we did further assessment and it was serious. So he’s out for today [Porto] for sure, and it doesn’t look great for the City game, as well.
“It’s a muscle thing. We thought he was just tired from the game but it was more. Now we have to deal with that.
Liverpool soldiered on against Porto with James Milner at right-back as they crushed the Portuguese side 5-1. The assumption now is that the 35-year-old will continue there against his old side.
Fans react to Alexander-Arnold injury news
Understandably, fans reacted en masse to the news. Many of them aren’t feeling too confident about facing Liverpool’s title rivals without their star right-back.
Milner vs Grealish hold me— 🇪🇬 (@lfcgoats) September 28, 2021
I can only hope this is classic pep/klopp mind games— – (@JurgensLads) September 28, 2021
Not this again! Lol. Can't the Injury Gods pick on another team this season and leave us be?— DukeMaquool (@mmacdo01) September 28, 2021
This might be a blessing in disguise. Pep will overthink his game plan to target Milner and we'll be in business.— Red Maverick (@powerhouseSG) September 28, 2021
But I thought that injuries would dissappear 😰— Lewis (@Iewis20) September 28, 2021
Alexander-Arnold is obviously a huge loss – he’s the world’s best full-back and has started the season brilliantly. But injuries do happen and Liverpool will likely count on Milner to cover.
And that’s not as problematic as it first sounds. The veteran has played there twice this season now and done very well each time.
He kept Wilfried Zaha quiet the other week and that’s about as tough a one vs one test as you can get. Milner’s followed that up with a great display in the 5-1 win over Porto that saw him pick up an assist.
The City game will be tough – no doubt about that. Liverpool will be weaker than they’d like, too. We’ll back Klopp to find a fix, though. He usually does.