Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits there is no player in the world who could replace Trent Alexander-Arnold after the right-back was out for several weeks with a hamstring injury.
The defender’s setback is a major blow to the Reds’ hopes of continuing their quest for an unprecedented quadruple win with an important month ahead, including a trip to Premier League title rivals Manchester City on April 10.
Klopp does not have a ready-made senior replacement. Joe Gomez can play on the right flank but his preferred position is in the middle and the Reds manager will have to make a plan with him, midfielder James Milner and youngster Conor Bradley.
Alexander-Arnold has provided a career-best 16 assists plus two goals this season and that will be impossible to replicate anywhere else in the squad.
“Trent is out with a hamstring so he can’t be part of England either. Not good news,” he said. “We’ll see how long it takes, but replacing Trent is obviously difficult, but possible. We’ve always done it.
“The way he plays, I don’t know of any player in the world who plays like Trent. So finding a one-for-one replacement will be difficult.
“We have Joe. In theory, we can also change the system. That kind of thing, so we have a few options, but you’re right, he’s very influential.
“If you look back in time when Milly had to step in, he did incredibly well. Unbelievable good. He just has to be available and then that’s fine. I don’t know if he will be available on Sunday (against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup).
“Maybe we also have a very young solution (Bradley).”
Klopp also has injury worries for Mohamed Salah, who was only fit enough for a spot on the bench in Wednesday’s win at Arsenal – the game in which Alexander-Arnold was injured but had 90 minutes left.
“Mo felt his foot a bit after the game so we’ll have to see what they do with that,” added Klopp. “In addition, there are some other small things. We have to wait.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/jurgen-klopp-reds-james-milner-joe-gomez-mohamed-salah-b2038828.html Liverpool FC treated Trent Alexander-Arnold to a hamstring injury