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Liverpool injury woe as Trent Alexander-Arnold to miss Chelsea final and doubt vs Man City | Football | Sport

Liverpool have been hit with their latest cruel injury blow, with Trent Alexander-Arnold facing another spell on the sidelines after aggravating an existing knee problem. Jurgen Klopp is set to be without Alexander-Arnold for this month’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea and potentially the Premier League title six-pointer with Manchester City on March 10.

The 25-year-old right-back had just returned from a knee injury in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Burnley at Anfield, which restored Liverpool’s status as league leaders.

However, there was concern after he withdrew at half-time through complaints about the same knee he had previously damaged.

And the diagnosis doesn’t make good reading for Liverpool and Klopp, with multiple reports claiming Alexander-Arnold will miss the next few weeks at least.

Alexander-Arnold was absent for three games after suffering a minor tear of a lateral knee ligament during Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Arsenal in the FA Cup third round.

He returned as a substitute in the 5-2 triumph over Norwich City in the next round before coming off the bench as the Reds thumped Chelsea 4-1 in the Premier League.

Alexander-Arnold then played 58 minutes of the 3-1 loss at the Emirates Stadium at the start of the month before retaining his starting berth against Burnley.

The England international appears to have returned too soon, though, and he has now been ruled out of the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on February 25.

It means he will also miss Liverpool’s league double against Brentford and Luton Town before next Sunday as Klopp attempts to stay a foot ahead of Arsenal and City in search of a magical end to his reign.

However, Alexander-Arnold is also considered a doubt for the FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Southampton at the end of the month, as well as the following two league games.

One of them is a winnable trip to Nottingham Forest on March 2, but the other is a mammoth battle against Pep Guardiola and City at Anfield on March 10.

The Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park takes place a week later before the international break when England face Brazil and Belgium as part of preparations for Euro 2024.

It’s claimed that Alexander-Arnold hopes to return for those games after the Carabao Cup final, but his rehabilitation will be met with extra caution this time around.

Conor Bradley, who has emerged as a worthy understudy to Liverpool’s No. 66 this season, returned to training this week after spending time away following the death of his father.

The 20-year-old could receive a huge chance during one of the club’s most important periods in the campaign.

Andy Robertson’s recent return to fitness is another boost, while Mohamed Salah is thought to also be nearing a comeback after dropping out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

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