Liverpool’s extensive list of missing players has grown even longer after assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders announced that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be out for “several weeks” due to a knee injury.
The team’s second-in-command player suffered an injury during their 2-0 win against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday. This has caused manager Jürgen Klopp to face yet another challenge in choosing his players for the upcoming two-part Carabao Cup semifinal against Fulham, starting at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Assistant manager Lijnders hinted that Alexander-Arnold may be out of action for approximately three weeks.
Klopp’s one positive aspect is that Virgil van Dijk, who was absent for the match in north London due to sickness, is now able to play in the Carabao game.
Lijnders provided a progress report on Dominik Szoboszlai, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcântara, and Stefan Bajcetic.
According to Liverpoolfc.com, he stated, “Unfortunately, there is some bad news. Trent sustained a hyperextended knee injury in the previous game. This resulted in a small tear in the lateral ligament of his knee and he will require time to heal. A scan has been done and he will be sidelined for a few weeks. We will reassess after that.”
After taking a break, he is expected to return to his previous level. This person played a crucial role in every game by consistently creating opportunities for us and providing the team with a great deal of adaptability. We will truly feel his absence.
“Virgil has returned and was able to participate in some runs on the field yesterday, showing good form. As a result, he will be included in the squad as he has recovered well. Not traveling to London was beneficial for his recovery.”
“Dom is making good progress on the field, he is able to run, but we will wait and see. He will not be able to play tomorrow. As for Robbo, he is approaching the three-month milestone and will have a check-up with the surgeon.”
“If he undergoes the scan and we are able to fully assess his progress, he will travel to Dubai for a week to participate in proper volume and training sessions. This will benefit his recovery. After three months, we will conduct another scan to determine when he can safely return to contact activities.”
Similarly with Kostas, he is making great progress at a rapid pace. It is anticipated that both Robbo and Kostas will return to training with the team by the end of this month.
Regarding Thiago and Bajcetic, Lijnders stated, “They will not be prepared by the end of this month. It is likely that they will join our training in the following month. However, both are progressing without any issues.”