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Liverpool star Alexander-Arnold to miss Man City clash with injury

17:53 BST 30/09/2021
Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 2021-22
Jurgen Klopp admitted that the right-back's adductor problem appeared to be a serious one

Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with Manchester City due to injury.

The Reds defender suffered a groin problem during training on Monday, and was ruled out of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Porto as a result.

And Jurgen Klopp has now revealed that the 22-year-old is certain to be absent when City visit Anfield on Sunday too.

What did Klopp say about Alexander-Arnold?

The Liverpool boss also confirmed that Thiago will be absent as he continues to recover from a calf issue, but he is hopeful that both men can return to action after the international break.

Asked if he had an update on the pair's fitness, Klopp told the club's official website: “No. No ‘news’ means they are doing well but they won’t have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break. 

“But we have a good team so we still have solutions and we have to use them and yeah, after the international break the boys will be back I think.”

The German head coach had told BT Sport of Alexander-Arnold's injury ahead of his side's 5-1 win against Porto: “He’s injured, unfortunately.

“In training yesterday Trent went in a little bit earlier. It didn’t look serious, then we did further assessment and in the end it was serious.

“He is out for today, for sure. He didn’t travel with us. And it doesn’t look great for the City game as well.

“It’s a muscle thing. We thought it was tight, that he was just a bit tired from the [Brentford] game, but it was more and now we have to deal with that. It’s the adductor [muscle].”

Who is likely to fill in for Alexander-Arnold against City?

Klopp selected the veteran James Milner to deputise at right-back against Porto. The 35-year-old did so earlier in the month against Crystal Palace with some success.

Neco Williams, the 20-year-old Wales international, is back available after injury, while Joe Gomez could also play at right-back if required. Both players were on the bench against Porto, as was Kostas Tsimikas, the Greek international left-back.

Liverpool are already without midfielders Thiago Alcantara (calf) and Harvey Elliott (ankle), but welcomed back Naby Keita after a foot problem, and have Roberto Firmino available after a hamstring issue.

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