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Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will be sidelined for several weeks having sustained a hamstring injury, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
The Reds take on Nottingham Forest in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday, but will do so without the defender.
Alexander-Arnold was also selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies against Switzerland and Ivory Coast later this month, however, he will no longer link up with the Three Lions.
‘Trent is out with a hamstring, so will be out for England too. Not good news, we will see how long it takes.’
When pressed on if the defender will be sidelined for weeks, Klopp replied: ‘Yeah.’
Liverpool closed the gap on league leaders Manchester City to just one point after their 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday night.
But the FA Cup clash against Forest, who have already knocked Arsenal and Leicester City out of this season’s competition, is the focus for Klopp.
In terms of going about replacing Alexander-Arnold, Klopp said: ‘[It’s] tricky, now we will see how long it will take but of course it’s… to replace Trent is difficult, but possible.
‘We always did it. We have Millie when he is then not ill anymore, we have obviously Joe and, theoretically, we can change system as well, so we have these kinds of things.
‘We have a couple of options. You are right, [he’s] very influential. But if you have a look in the past when Millie had to step in, he did incredibly well. Incredibly well.
‘He just has to be available, then that’s fine. But what we do or how Millie will be for Sunday, I don’t know at the moment.
‘If not, then maybe we have a very young solution, which is fine as well or Joey as well. We will have a look.
‘The way he plays, I don’t know any player in the world who plays like Trent to be honest, that would be difficult to find a one-to-one replacement.’
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Source: Metro Sport