Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be out for a “few weeks” after sustaining a knee injury.
Speaking ahead of the Reds’ Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham, Lijnders revealed that the club’s vice-captain is set to be sidelined for the rest of January after picking up a problem in the 2-0 win over Arsenal:
“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.”
“He will get some rest and then hopefully he can come back to where he was. Because this guy was decisive in all the games and was the one who created constantly for us from deep and gave the team a high level of flexibility. We will really miss him.”
Which fixtures could Alexander-Arnold miss?
Despite there being a winter break, it looks like the right-back won’t be available for up to 5 games if Lijnders is being accurate with the player’s return date.
In addition to the Fulham game on Wednesday, Alexander-Arnold will miss the away trip to Bournemouth on January 21st, the second leg versus Fulham on the 24th, Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against either Norwich or Bristol City on January 27th, and the home league clash versus Chelsea at the end of the month.
Updates on the fitness of 5 other Liverpool players
Captain Virgil van Dijk has recovered from illness and will play against Fulham. Andy Robertson (shoulder) AND Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone) could both return at the same time as Alexander-Arnold.
However, Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago Alcantara need more time, and they will not play until February at the earliest.