Return date pencilled in after confirmation of TAA injury blow

Date published: Tuesday 10th November 2020 9:24 - Robert McCarthy

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be out for around four weeks after suffering a calf injury in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.

The 22-year-old went down in the 63rd minute of the the clash at The Etihad and was replaced by James Milner.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed after the game that the right-back would miss England’s games over the international break.

And following a scan on Monday it has been estimated he will be out of action for around a month.

As well as missing the England clashes against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, the defender will also miss key Reds games.

He is expected to be absent for Premier League clashes against Leicester and Brighton. Champions League games with Atalanta and Ajax will also pass him by.

If his recovery goes to plan then Alexander-Arnold is expected to return against Wolves on December 5.

The versatile Milner is likely to fill in, with Joe Gomez remaining central due to Virgil van Dijk’s long-term absence.

Jurgen Klopp is also hoping that Thiago and Fabinho will back to full fitness after the international break.


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Jota reveals why Klopp is so unique

Diogo Jota has revealed why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is unlike any coach he has had before.

Jota has hit the ground running since joining Liverpool in a deal worth around £40m in the summer transfer window. The Portuguese forward has scored seven goals in his new colours already, after only making six starts.

 

The ex-Wolves star has made an impression in both the Premier League and Champions League – recently scoring a hat-trick against Atalanta in the latter competition.

His form has raised questions of Roberto Firmino’s role in the Liverpool starting lineup, which perhaps emphasises just how good he has been. Firmino has been one of Liverpool’s most important players under Klopp.

The Liverpool boss selected both players in his starting lineup for the draw with Manchester City at the weekend. However, Jota was unable to continue his four-game scoring streak.

It does not take away from his excellent start to life as a Liverpool player, though. Now, he has reflected on his first few months on Merseyside – observing how close Klopp is to his squad.

“He is different from any coach I have ever had, especially in terms of contact,” Jota told TVI in his native Portugal.

“He sent me a text message a few days ago, something that is not very common [to see] in a coach.

“I was at the spa, I wasn’t even expecting it and I got a message from him.

“But even so, he likes to be close to the players, both on and off the field.”  Read more…

 

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