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Injury situation in Liverpool worsens as Alexander-Arnold limps off at Man City

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The 22-year-old went down holding his calf and was replaced in the second half of the Premier League game by James Milner.

In the second half of the Premier League match against Manchester City, Liverpool’s defensive problem escalated on Sunday when right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken off.

Shortly after the hour mark of the match at Etihad Stadium, the England international went down holding his calf and was later substituted by James Milner, who made his 750th professional appearance and his 550th in the Premier League.

As Mohamed Salah’s early spot-kick was canceled out by a major strike from Gabriel Jesus, the showdown between the last two Premier League title winners would end 1-1.

Alexander-Arnold is the newest participant to pick up an injury in the Reds’ backline, with center-back Virgil van Dijk already ruled out with knee ligament damage for several months. In the meantime, stand-in defender Fabinho is also out with a hamstring injury that he picked up against Midtjylland in his side’s Champions League win.

Jurgen Klopp was left to fill the holes with inexperienced defenders Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips before Joel Matip was welcomed back to the heart of the defense for Sunday’s game against the team of Pep Guardiola, partnering with Joe Gomez.

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Liverpool went into the game with a victory to return to the top of the table but must be satisfied with a third-place finish, one point behind Leicester rulers. In the meantime, City’s runners-up last year are in 11th position.

The hosts had an uneven start to the season, collecting 12 points from their first seven matches, leaving them six points ahead of Leicester, who earlier on Sunday climbed to the top with a 1-0 victory against Wolves.

Also, England boss Gareth Southgate will be anxious to find out more about the state of Alexander-Arnold. The graduate of the Liverpool academy was included in the squad for next Thursday’s friendly match with the Republic of Ireland and the UEFA Nations League matches against Belgium and Iceland.

However, after the UK government issued a travel ban on visitors coming from Denmark after an outbreak of Covid-19 at mink farms that spread to local communities in the Scandinavian region, the clash at home to Iceland is now in question.

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