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Liverpool set to be without Alexander-Arnold until December after suffering a calf injury

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In the 1-1 draw with Manchester City, the right-back sustained a calf injury and will miss a number of upcoming Reds fixtures.

In Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City, Liverpool is expected to be without Trent Alexander-Arnold until December after he sustained a calf injury.

Midway through the second half, the right-back went down holding his leg off the ball, and received treatment on the pitch before being replaced by James Milner.

The upcoming games with Leicester, Atalanta and Brighton are likely to be overlooked by Alexander-Arnold, and the fixtures with Ajax, Wolves and Midtjylland at the beginning of December may also be questionable.

In his post-match press conference, Jurgen Klopp announced that, during the international break, Alexander-Arnold would miss England’s fixtures with Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, and a scan revealed the seriousness of the injury on Monday.

The news did not change Klopp’s dim view of the decision to revert to three Premier League substitutes per game, after returning to five after the lockdown.

In his critique of Premier League CEO Richard Masters after the City game, the German was outspoken, saying Alexander-Arnold will not be the last player to suffer this season from the heavy workload.

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Though Milner was the obvious replacement off the Etihad bench, the absence of Alexander-Arnold could provide Neco Williams with a first-team opportunity.

So far this season, the 19-year-old has made four first-team appearances for the Reds, most recently coming on as a late substitute to make his Champions League debut against Atalanta in the 5-0 win.

He also started against Arsenal in the Group Shield and played 90 minutes against Lincoln and Arsenal in Liverpool’s Carabao Cup matches.

Liverpool is, of course, still without Virgil van Dijk’s defensive lynchpin and his original Fabinho replacement.

Georginio Wijnaldum said on Monday that with his long-term knee injury, Van Dijk is ‘going through hell’ but helped him in recovering in time to join him with the Netherlands at Euro 2020.

The news of Alexander-Arnold ‘s absence from Liverpool will be mitigated by the fact that it is now an international break, but it will cause England manager Gareth Southgate a new headache.

The Three Lions, with Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James all called up in the initial 29-man squad, are at least well-stocked at right-back.

Chelsea defender James is only available for the first match, a friendly match with Ireland, as he is suspended for matches with Belgium and Iceland in the UEFA Nations League.

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