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Jurgen Klopp expresses worry over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury following Liverpool’s…



Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, will be eagerly anticipating news on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s condition following his injury.


This is particularly concerning as it is the same knee that kept him out of action for three weeks in January. Despite his remarkable performance in the 3-1 win against Burnley, where he provided a corner assist for Diogo Jota’s goal and broke the Premier League record for assists by a defender with 58, Alexander-Arnold was substituted at half-time.


Klopp expressed concern about his knee once again. It seemed like he had gotten it stuck in the grass, so we need to assess the situation.


The issue is in the same area of the knee. It’s not something serious, but he can feel it again, so we have to be cautious and evaluate it.


Trent claimed that it’s fine, but it’s not because he still feels discomfort. Therefore, we had to take him off the field. This created a double problem for us: Trent’s absence and the lack of available right-backs.


To address this, we instructed Curtis Jones on what he needed to do and made slight adjustments to our formation. We aimed to simplify things for him since it was his first time playing in that position in the Premier League. We didn’t want him to overthink and become an inverted right-back.


In the short term, Alexander-Arnold’s departure may not have been perceived as beneficial. However, the arrival of his replacement, Harvey Elliott, proved to be advantageous.


After Dara O’Shea’s equalizing header just before half-time, Elliott provided the assists for Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, resulting in a 2-1 lead. Jurgen Klopp, the manager, praised Elliott’s performance, stating that he did exceptionally well.


Additionally, Klopp expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of the team, as they regained their two-point advantage at the top of the league table. Despite the situation with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Klopp described the outcome as perfect.


The match served as a true test of Liverpool’s mental and physical abilities following their defeat to Arsenal last week. The team faced additional challenges with the absence of key players such as Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Mohamed Salah, and Dominik Szoboszlai due to illness. Furthermore, substitute Ryan Gravenberch sustained an injury during warm-up, further complicating the situation.


Manager Klopp expressed his concern regarding Gravenberch’s injury, stating that although he was initially deemed fit to play, it was not worth the risk to field a player who had experienced discomfort during warm-up.


Klopp also mentioned the potential chaos that could have ensued if the proposed blue card and sin bin had been implemented, as the team would have been left with only seven players on the field.


However, Klopp remains optimistic, stating that many of the absent players are expected to return before the next game, as their presence is crucial for the team’s success.


Although Liverpool ultimately secured a comfortable victory, the outcome could have been different if David Fofana had capitalized on his one-on-one opportunities against Caoimhin Kelleher during a four-minute period in the second half, with the score at 2-1.


Burnley manager Vincent Kompany expressed his familiarity with the venue, having visited it numerous times as a player.


However, he acknowledged that their previous visits did not provide as many opportunities as they had today. Kompany emphasized the importance of converting those chances into goals, which unfortunately they failed to do on this occasion.