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Liverpool Hit by Defensive Setback as Trent Alexander-Arnold Faces Extended Absence

Liverpool’s right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold, is set for a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury during the recent FA Cup clash against Arsenal. The setback comes as a significant blow to the team, adding to their defensive challenges this season.

The upcoming fixtures for Liverpool include a crucial Carabao Cup Semi-final against Fulham scheduled for January 11 and a Premier League encounter with Bournemouth on January 21, 2024. Unfortunately, Trent is expected to miss both games due to the ten-day gap between them. Additionally, the Reds are gearing up to face either Bristol Rovers or Norwich in the 4th Round of the FA Cup.

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Assistant Manager Pep Lijnders delivered an update on Trent’s injury, revealing, “First of all, some not-so-good news, Trent hyperextended his knee during the last game. So he has a little tear in the lateral ligament of his knee, and he will need time to recover. He had a scan, and he will be out for a few weeks.”

Trent, a pivotal figure in Liverpool’s defense, has been instrumental this season, contributing significantly with assists and pivotal match-winning goals. Despite missing only two matches against Wolves and West Ham, his absence will be felt in the upcoming fixtures.

Liverpool’s defensive challenges have deepened with left-backs Andrew Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas already sidelined until the end of February. Trent’s injury further complicates matters for manager Jurgen Klopp, who now faces a defensive dilemma with no senior player available for the left-back position.

As Liverpool navigates these defensive setbacks, the team and fans alike will be eagerly awaiting Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return to the pitch, hopeful for a swift and successful recovery.