Liverpool are licking their wounds, in more ways than one, after the 3-2 loss at West Ham on Sunday.
Not only are The Reds having to deal with the realities of being fourth in the league and no longer being unbeaten, there’s also a physical issue for them to cope with too.
Jurgen Klopp was not happy with the performance of the referee or VAR in the game. Klopp think that Alisson was fouled as West Ham opened the scoring and that Aaron Cresswell should have been sent off for a poor challenge on Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool also thought they should have had a free-kick, or maybe even a penalty, when Trent Alexander-Arnold was caught on the foot when attempting a strike at goal.
Speaking to BeIN Sports, Klopp said:
“Trent is limping because first half he takes the ball on the volley and gets a proper knock on his foot, but it’s not even a free-kick.
Alexander-Arnold is set to join up with the England squad in the next few days as they prepare to face Albania and San Marino, so it remains to be seen if his knock is serious enough to keep him out of those games or if it’s something than clear up relatively quickly. It’s worrying news for both the player, Klopp and Gareth Southgate though.
From Liverpool’s point of view, it might be best if Alexander-Arnold was given a nice couple of weeks off to rest and recharge but the player himself will be keen to play for his country.
At club level, Alexander-Arnold is an undoubted first-choice starter, but that’s not the case with England as he faces competition from the likes of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James. So, he’ll want to be given a chance to prove himself against poorer opposition as he looks to make himself England’ first-choice right-back too.
Hopefully, the issue isn’t a serious one and Trent is able to meet up with England.
If that is the case, we just hope he doesn’t pick up any injury issues whilst on international duty as The Reds have enough injuries of their own to deal with!