Liverpool were hit with another injury blow, as Trent Alexander-Arnold could now miss up to five games with a knee injury – but the winter break offers some solace.
His assistant manager Pep Lijnders confirmed on Tuesday that Alexander-Arnold “has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee,” and will “probably” be out for three weeks.
It is a huge blow, with the right-back proving pivotal this season with one consistent performance after another, and now he will miss the rest of January, at the very least.
- Fulham (H) – League Cup – Wednesday, Jan 10
- Bournemouth (A) – Premier League – Sunday, Jan 21
- Fulham (A) – League Cup – Wednesday, Jan 24
- Norwich/Bristol Rovers (H) – FA Cup – Jan 27/28 (TBD)
- Chelsea (H) – Premier League – Wednesday, Jan 31
The three-week timeline could indicate a possible return in time for Chelsea‘s visit at the end of the month, but that may be optimistic, and it would likely be from the bench.
In the meantime, Alexander-Arnold’s absence will offer Conor Bradley an opportunity at right-back.
The 20-year-old has started one game for the Reds this season after a long spell out with a back injury, though impressed in his brief cameo at the Emirates over the weekend.
Lijnders was quick to insist the youngster is “not a back up player” as he eulogised over the squad depth and the emerging talent from the academy.
An untimely injury blow for Liverpool, again, but here’s hoping it can turn into a positive as has been the case with other fitness issues throughout the campaign.
That includes the first time Alexander-Arnold missed four games due to injury earlier this season, the Reds went on to win all four with a scoreline of 3-1 – we’d happily take that again!