Trent Alexander-Arnold’s growth under Jurgen Klopp has undeniably positioned him prominently in Gareth Southgate’s considerations for Euro 2024.
Previously seen as an innovative full-back with defensive concerns, Alexander-Arnold has transformed into a key figure at his boyhood club. He now possesses the capability to influence matches while operating in a deeper midfield role.
In the 2023/24 season, this full-back-turned-midfielder has been notably outstanding. His exceptional passing skills have played a crucial role in the revival of intense, fast-paced football at Anfield. As a result, Liverpool are once again displaying swift, direct, and impressive transitions, often initiated by Trent.
This season, Alexander-Arnold’s contribution will be essential to Liverpool’s success. Klopp’s squad has a genuine opportunity to secure several titles, including the Premier League. However, Liverpool will need to navigate a period without their versatile full-back due to an injury sustained during their 2-0 FA Cup win against Arsenal.
When Will Trent Alexander-Arnold Return from Injury?
The Reds have shown remarkable resilience this season despite facing numerous injury setbacks. Andy Robertson has been sidelined since October due to a shoulder injury.
Similarly, Joel Matip will miss the entire season due to injury. Additionally, Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic have not made any appearances this season. Moreover, Dominik Szoboszlai is currently recovering from a hamstring problem.
Alexander-Arnold has recently been sidelined due to a knee injury, as confirmed by Liverpool’s assistant manager, Pep Lijnders. Lijnders made the announcement before Liverpool’s Carabao Cup match against Fulham on Wednesday. “First of all, some not-that-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, so let’s see after that.”
Lijnders provided a general indication of Alexander-Arnold’s absence, suggesting it will span “a few weeks.” Recent updates, however, specify a three-week layoff.
The timing, with the Premier League winter break approaching, offers Liverpool some respite from the setback. Nonetheless, Alexander-Arnold is set to sit out both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final. There’s optimism that he may be fit to rejoin the Reds for their clash against Chelsea on 31 January.