Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool defender out for ‘few weeks’ with minor knee ligament tear | Football news

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a key figure for the club this year; three-week injury could rule him out of both Carabao Cup semi-finals, FA Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool and away to Bournemouth in the league, Live on Sky Sports

14:16 UK Tuesday 09 January 2024

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out for “a few weeks” with a slight tear in his knee ligaments.

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Leenders confirmed the news ahead of the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham on Wednesday, live Sky Sports.

Alexander-Arnold, who has been key for Liverpool this season in a hybrid right-back/midfield role, will be out for around three weeks, ruling him out of the two semi-final matches against Fulhamleague trip to Bournemouthand a tie against the club’s FA Cup fourth round tie Norwich or Bristol Rovers.

The defender could also be a doubt for Liverpool’s home clash against Chelsea on January 31, as well as a crucial trip to the title race Arsenal on February 4.

“Trent hyperextended his knee during the last game [against Arsenal in the FA Cup third round]Linders says.

Alexander-Arnold hyper-stretched knee in FA Cup third round tie against Arsenal

“So he’s got a bit of a tear on the collateral ligaments in his knee and he’s going to need time to recover. He’s had a scan and will be out for a few weeks so we’ll see after that.

“He’s going to rest a bit and then hopefully he can get back to where he was. Because this boy was decisive in all the games and he was the one who created constantly for us from deep and gave the team a high level of flexibility.

“We will truly miss him.

How many Liverpool players are currently unavailable?

  • Joel Matip [ACL]: Return next season
  • Stefan Baycetich [Stress fracture]: February
  • Andrew Robertson [Shoulder]: February
  • Dominic Soboslay [Hamstring]: January 21
  • Thiago Alcantara [Hip]: February
  • Konstantinos Tsimikas [Collar bone}: February
  • Wataru Endo [Asia Cup duty]: February
  • Mohamed Salah [Afcon duty]: February

With Alexander-Arnold out, Northern Ireland defender Connor Bradley could be a candidate for the Liverpool squad. The 20-year-old played the last few minutes of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at right-back.

Liverpool’s next six games – can Trent return in time for Arsenal?

January 10: Fulham (H) – Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 8pm

Wednesday, January 10, 7:00 p.m

Start at 20:00

January 21: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 16:30

January 24: Fulham (A) – Carabao Cup semi-final second leg, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 20:00

January 27: Norwich v Bristol Rovers (H) – FA Cup Fourth Round, date/time to be confirmed

31 January: Chelsea (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8.15pm

February 4: Arsenal (A) – Premier League, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 4.30pm

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There was more positive news for Liverpool’s defense in terms of injury news, with Virgil van Dijk set to return after missing Sunday’s FA Cup win over Arsenal through illness.

Meanwhile, Dominik Soboslai has returned to light training after picking up a hamstring problem but will not be fit for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Fulham.

Left-backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas, who picked up shoulder and collarbone injuries respectively in recent weeks, should be back by the end of January.

“Virgil is back,” Leenders said. “He made a few runs yesterday on the pitch, he looked good again. So he will be back in the team [on Wednesday], he recovered well. So it really helped him not to travel to London.

“Dom is progressing well on the pitch, he’s running, so let’s see. Not available for tomorrow.

“And then we have Robo, he’s almost three months old so he’s going to be seen by the surgeon.

“And if he does that scan and we’ll see everything [so] that we can really develop him, he’s going to Dubai for a week to do sessions with the right volume, the right sessions, so that will be good for him. Then we see the three-month scan and then we can see how quickly he can get back into contact.

“The same for Kostas. Kostas is progressing very well, very quickly. So hopefully both of them – Robbo and Kostas – will be back at the end of this month to train with the team.”

Analysis: Is Trent’s injury a turnaround in the title race?

Sky Sports’ Sam Blitz:

“With Mohamed Salah out for up to a month due to Egypt’s African Cup of Nations campaign, Liverpool’s right arm – such a big weapon for them over the years – was depleted.

“Alexander-Arnold is, along with Salah, Liverpool’s most creative player. Only Salah has created more big chances in the Premier League this season than Alexander-Arnold, underscoring the idea that Liverpool fans are not the only ones who will miss the England defender in the coming weeks.

“One stat that stands out when it comes to Alexander-Arnold is how he topped the game changing charts this season. He makes Liverpool’s game more unpredictable and the likes of Darwin Nunes, Luis Diaz and Diogo Hota will have a lower level of service in the upcoming games.

“Liverpool will be pleased that the 10-day winter break this month will soften the blow of Alexander-Arnold’s injury even slightly.”

“But Jurgen Klopp will be looking to get his key creative influence in his peak fixtures at the end of the month for back-to-back games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

“Liverpool have drawn the first round of meetings against the two London sides this season. With Manchester City back up, they cannot afford too many slip-ups between now and May. Time will tell if this injury blow for Alexander-Arnold is a major title turnaround.”

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