Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirms Trent Alexander-Arnold expected return

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are set to be without Trent Alexander-Arnold for a few more weeks. Liverpool’s injury crisis went from bad to worse against City after Alexander-Arnold went down unchallenged clutching at his calf.

The only positive for Liverpool was that they were entering a two-week international break with the full-back given a chance to recuperate while not missing many games.

He was originally expected to be out for a month, although there were some suggestions that he would be back quicker.

The game against Leeds was always going to come too soon for the 22-year-old, but Klopp will be desperate to have him back available soon.

Klopp opted to name vice-captain James Milner as Alexander-Arnold’s replacement against Leeds, with Neco Williams on the bench.

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And the Liverpool boss confirmed before the match that both players will need to fill in for a few more weeks.

“Trent is not only out for a game or so, it will be slightly longer,” Klopp said.

“That means we need to use all the options we have and obviously Millie [Milner] is one of them.

“When you have to make changes in the last line and adapt what we did before then experience is very important.

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“Neco is doing really well – saw him playing for Wales – he played really well.

“But he played a slightly different system, came back on Thursday but it’s good to have Millie. Always good to have Millie to be honest.”

Liverpool face a busy period with the match against Leeds being the first of nine in the space of 27 days.

It’s in central defence though where Klopp remains short of options.

Fabinho was deemed fit enough to return against Leeds to play alongside Joel Matip with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk long-term injuries.

But both Matip and Fabinho have had their own injury troubles already this season with Klopp having to call upon some of his young players.

Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have both featured recently and reports have suggested Liverpool don’t have any plans to sign cover in January.

Injuries to either Matip or Fabinho could well change their current stance though.

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