Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has suffered a hamstring injury and will be out for “weeks”.
The England international has been in sensational form for the Reds this season, contributing 17 assists and scoring two goals in all competitions.
Klopp broke the bad news to the media (via Liverpoolfc.com) and when asked if his playmaker would be out for weeks, he said “Yes”.
“Trent came out with a hamstring. He also can’t be part of England – not good news, we’ll see how long that takes.
As for who can replace Alexander-Arnold in his absence, Klopp mentioned possible opportunities for James Milner and Joe Gomez but didn’t rule out a system change.
“[It’s] tricky, now we’ll see how long it will take but of course it’s…replacing Trent is difficult, but possible.
“We always have. We have Millie when he’s not sick anymore, we obviously have Joe, and theoretically we can switch systems as well, so we have that kind of stuff.
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“We have several options. You are right, [he’s] very influential. But if you look back to when Millie had to step in, he did incredibly well. Incredibly well.”
Milner is missing due to illness and it is unclear if he will be ready to face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, which could also bring youngster Conor Bradley into contention.
“He just has to be available, so that’s fine. But what we do or how Millie will be for Sunday, I don’t know at the moment.
“If not, then maybe we have a very young solution, which is fine too or Joey too. We’ll take a look.
“The way he plays, I don’t know any player in the world who plays like Trent, to be honest it would be hard to find a one-on-one replacement.”
As well as missing the clash with Forest, Alexander-Arnold has been dropped from the England squad and now faces a race against time for the Champions League quarter-final and crucial clash in the Premier League with Manchester City on April 10.
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