Trent Alexander-Arnold was surprisingly introduced off at half-time in Liverpool’s conflict with Burnley, with the right-back vulnerable to becoming a member of the absentee checklist.
Alexander-Arnold arrange the opener for Diogo Jota on Saturday with a pinpoint nook, however didn’t return for the second half with the rating at 1-1.
The No. 66 was changed by Harvey Elliott, who went on to tee up Luis Diaz to make it 2-1, whereas Curtis Jones shifted to an unorthodox position at right-back.
Instantly that sparked fears of an harm blow for Alexander-Arnold, whose left knee was strapped earlier than kickoff – and that has now been confirmed.
Stay protection of the fixture defined that the substitution got here as an harm precaution, with the idea being that it was to the playmaker’s knee.
It comes simply over a month after Alexander-Arnold suffered ligament injury in the identical knee that had strapping on it on Saturday.
The 25-year-old missed three weeks of motion earlier than returning with back-to-back cameos in opposition to Norwich and Chelsea, then beginning in opposition to Arsenal final weekend.
Even then, he was not anticipated to begin, with Conor Bradley‘s absence forcing Jurgen Klopp‘s hand, and that means Alexander-Arnold was topic to a pre-planned substitution simply earlier than the hour mark in north London.
His withdrawal every week later doesn’t seem to have been a part of the plan, notably as there was no established cowl on the bench.
Joe Gomez missed the sport on account of sickness, whereas Bradley is again in Northern Eire as he mourns the loss of life of his father.
Klopp is probably going to offer an replace on Alexander-Arnold’s state of affairs at full-time, although the membership could also be required to await the outcomes of a scan to find out any extent of the harm.