Just a few days after allowing right-back Nathaniel Clyne to leave the club on loan for Bournemouth, Liverpool have been dealt a major injury blow with the news that young full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss up to a month of football with ligament damage.
Widely trumpeted as one of the star’s of Liverpool’s table-topping side this season, the Reds will miss the youngster’s attacking forays into the opposition’s half as much as they will his defensive work but given his propensity to pick up knocks and niggles, it always felt like a bit of a gamble letting Clyne fly the nest from the outside looking in.
Alexander-Arnold has regularly been compared with Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka this season and it will now be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp’s Reds cope with Palace’s attacking threat, given the shuffle that will need to take place in their defensive unit. The smart money seems to be on James Milner filling in on the right in Trent’s absence and with Wilfried Zaha likely to be deployed on the Eagles’ left wing he’s sure to have his hands full.
It’s a mark of Liverpool’s strength in depth that despite their numerous injuries, they can still call on someone of Milner’s to fill in; a luxury which goes a long way to explaining why many are now backing them to beat off the title challenge of Manchester City and maintain their four point lead at the top of the table for the foreseeable future.
Whilst all signs point towards a rather comfortable win for the Merseysiders, it’s worth remembering that Roy Hodgson’s men went and shocked City at The Etihad Stadium just a matter of weeks ago before following it up with an extremely comfortable 2-0 win away at Wolves soon after; even with our third choice goalkeeper pencilled in to start, you can be sure that no one in Liverpool’s camp will be taking three points for granted.