Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be sidelined for up to four weeks after a calf injury suffered against Manchester City.
It continues an injury crisis that has ravaged the defending champion’s back line.
Centre-back Virgil van Dijk has already been rubbed out for several months with knee ligament damage while replacement Fabinho is also set to miss time with a hamstring complaint.
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Alexander-Arnold came from the field in the 63rd minute with later scans revealing he will need four weeks to recover from the injury.
He is set to miss games against Leicester and Brighton while the defender is also a chance of being sidelined for Liverpool’s meeting with Wolves.
He becomes the 13th Reds player to go down with an injury this season.
The star back joins a long list of Alisson, van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane.
Alexander-Arnold will also miss the forthcoming England internationals.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp fired up after the clash with Manchester City, claiming that next summer’s European Championship could be rocked by injuries if the congested schedule was not fixed.
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“Hopefully we can play the Euros next summer but if we continue like this let’s see which players can be part of that,” Klopp said.
“We played [last month] after the international break at 12.30 on Saturday at Everton. Some of my players were coming back from Peru.
“These kind of things should not happen.
“I spoke about two weeks ago – in a meeting with the person responsible at the Premier League who organised the fixtures. We cannot change it [I was told]. It is not about Manchester United, Liverpool and City.
“Usually in the season we all have a [hectic] November and December. This year the October is like a December, the November is like a November and the December is still like a December.
“The 12.30 game – that is a killer. If the Tuesday [Champions League playing] teams are in contention for the Saturday 12.30 that is OK. But the Wednesday teams should not be.”