Liverpool have been dealt a new injury blow with the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss Sunday’s battle against Manchester United.
The 20-year-old defender has been ruled out of the game due to the foot injury he sustained in the midweek Champions League win over Italian outfit Napoli. It is also anticipated that he will miss the trip to Wolves on Friday 21st and possibly a home fixture against Newcastle on Wednesday 26th. It is not currently known if he will be fit for the game against Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday 29th.
Joël Matip is set to undergo surgery after suffering a fractured collarbone during the 1-0 win over Napoli and could be out for up to 6 weeks. Joe Gomez is also out for up to 6 weeks after he fractured his leg against Burnley.
James Milner could provide cover at right back due to Alexander-Arnold’s absence despite coming off against Napoli with cramp. He was also deploted in the right back berth against Bournemouth last weekend.
Rookie Conor Masterson could find himself in the squad to face United. The 20-year-old was on the bench for the Champions League quarter-final win over Manchester City last season. Nat Phillips (21) would be ahead of him but he’s been struggling with an Achilles problem. Scotland youth international George Johnston (20) is another who could be called upon.
However, Brazil international Fabinho can only be deployed as a right back and his experience could provide Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp with a more solid option.
Forgotten man Nathaniel Clyne, who is yet to make a Premier League appearance this season, returned to training this week. There is, however, concerns surrounding his current fitness but there is a possibility that he could make the squad. Clyne played just five matches for the Reds last term and was an unused substitute for the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season. He is now only considered a back-up option and there have been suggestions that his time at Anfield will come to an end in the summer. His contract runs until 2020.
Liverpool have maintained that there would be no transfer business during the January window unless an injury crisis hit the club. If things continue as they are doing, there is a possibility that the boss could enter the market after all.