Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold has suffered a hamstring injury in a blow for the Reds.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Klopp could not confirm the true extent of the problem. However, he confirmed that the influential right-back will miss “weeks”.
Alexander-Arnold will therefore not make Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final away at Nottingham Forest.
Klopp hinted that the England star would have been involved, as he is unsure if he will rotate his Liverpool side amid the chance to make the semi-finals.
But Alexander-Arnold will also definitely miss the upcoming international break with the Three Lions. Boss Gareth Southgate had called the 23-year-old up amid his starring role in Liverpool’s recent form.
Klopp told a press conference: “It’s tricky [to replace him], we will see how long it will take. To replace Trent is, of course, difficult but possible – we always did it.
“We have Milly [James Milner], obviously Joe [Gomez]. Theoretically we can change system as well, we have a couple of options.
“But you are right, he’s very influential. If you have a look in the past when Milly had to step in, he did incredibly well. He just has to be available and then that’s fine.
“How Milly will be for Sunday, I don’t know in the moment. If not, then maybe we have a very young solution which is fine as well, or Joey.
“We will have a look, but the way he plays, I don’t know any player in the world who plays like Trent. That would be difficult to find a one-to-one replacement.”
Alexander-Arnold was not in the squad for Liverpool’s FA Cup fifth-round win over Norwich. On that occasion, he got the night off.
Milner stepped in and Klopp could replicate that against Forest at the City Ground, although the midfielder was ill for Wednesday’s win over Arsenal.
Elsewhere, Divock Origi – who missed the cut against the Gunners because of Liverpool’s depth – played against the Canaries.
However, Klopp is unsure at this stage what his team will look like for the last eight tie.
Alexander-Arnold out, but Klopp unsure on rotation
“We will see, I really have no idea in this moment,” he said….