A brief update on the wellbeing of Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has been forthcoming online this evening.
All square at the Etihad
The marquee fixture of the Premier League weekend took place in Manchester a short time ago.
Man City welcomed Liverpool to the Etihad, for a highly-anticipated meeting between the champions of the last two seasons.
It was the visitors who held the advantage ahead of proceedings getting underway, with Jurgen Klopp’s men having entered the weekend sitting pretty atop the English top-flight.
Hosts City, on the other hand, had endured a concerning start to the Premier League campaign, which had seen them bag wins in just half of the club’s outings.
Nevertheless, when all was said and done this evening, the two sides couldn’t be separated.
Liverpool took the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour, when, after Kyle Walker had needlessly downed Sadio Mane in the Citizens’ box, Mo Salah stepped up to slot home beyond Ederson.
Pep Guardiola’s hosts, though, were soon back on level terms.
A moment of magic on the part of Gabriel Jesus saw the Brazilian roll Trent Alexander-Arnold with a wonderful turn, before prodding past the advancing Alisson.
The two sides exchanged chances as the clash wore on, with a missed Kevin De Bruyne penalty the most clear-cut of them all.
In the end, though, neither could find an all-important winner,
Highlights: Man City 1-1 Liverpool
Whilst, based on the balance of play this evening, Liverpool were likely actually content with departing the Etihad with a share of the spoils, the Merseysiders were also dealt a concerning blow on the personnel front.
The player to have picked up the problem? Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Just past the hour-mark, full-back TAA went to ground clutching his calf, before limping off to be replaced by James Milner.
The Liverpool faithful, who have of course seen their side ravaged by injuries over the early weeks of the season, have since waited for an update on their gifted stopper’s situation with bated breath.
And, as outlined above, such an update has now been forthcoming.
The news, though, is far from positive.
Speaking during his post-match press conference this evening, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Alexander-Arnold is set to sit out England’s upcoming round of fixtures, ahead of a scan on Monday to assess the extent of the damage done:
Klopp on Trent AA: “He will be out of England. Scan tomorrow and then we will see.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 8, 2020
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, has also weighed on the situation, revealing his take that, based on initial observation, Liverpool could be without their first-choice right-full for as long as a month:
Pep: “The situation is exceptional. The virus is still here. Alexander-Arnold is now injured for a month maybe. England play without an exceptional full-back.”
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) November 8, 2020
This article was edited by Josh Barker.
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