Three players Liverpool could use to cover Trent Alexander-Arnold

Here are three options that Liverpool could look towards to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold during his three-week absence.

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Liverpool are going through somewhat of a defensive injury crisis at the moment.

The Reds are without the both of their senior left-backs, Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.

However, the pair are set to be back next month which would be a major boost for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Joel Matip has also been ruled out for the season with a knee injury which he sustained during Liverpool’s 4-3 win against Fulham back in December.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has now also joined the absentees after he hyper-extended his knee in Liverpool’s FA Cup clash against Arsenal.

Pep Ljinders spoke to the media and outlined how long the Reds can expect to be without their star.

“So, he hyper extended his knee in the game [against Arsenal]. So he has a little tear in the collateral ligament.

“He will be out probably three weeks. Big blow, he was one of our most important players. He was always decisive – even in bad spells he was the one that put the ball where it made the difference.

“We will have to find new dynamics without him because he made our game flexible so big blow.

“But hopefully three weeks.”

As Ljinders stated, Liverpool will be without the right-back for around three weeks. So, this begs the question, who should fill in for him during his absence?

Joe Gomez

Since joining Liverpool as a 17-year-old in the summer of 2015, Joe Gomez has been highly regarded amongst the Reds’ squad.

So much so that on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, Gomez was handed his debut for the club.

Unfortunately for the defender, however, he sustained a rather serious knee injury for England Under-21’s in October.

This pattern of injuries has followed him throughout his Liverpool career and he has had to overcome some serious set-backs.

Following his most recent injury, Gomez hasn’t bene a consistent starter.

However, his versatility is key to Jurgen Klopp as it allows him to be deployed anywhere across the backline.

Throughout his career, the defender has most commonly been deployed in centre-back and right-back.

Hence why Gomez would be Klopp’s first choice to fill in for Alexander-Arnold during his absence.

However, as both Robertson and Tsimikas are ruled out due to injury, Gomez has had to cover the left-back position.

Although when called upon, he has done a stellar job in left-back, Alexander-Arnold’s injury could mean that Klopp chooses to play him in right-back.

However, there is a downside to Gomez playing in full-back which is that his attacking output is no where near as strong as his counterparts.

If the defender does end up being Klopp’s replacement, he will have to offer more going forward.

Connor Bradley

Connor Bradley is probably the option which makes the most sense for Klopp to use.

Yet another product of Liverpool’s academy, Bradley is the only other natural right-back within Liverpool’s squad.

Following the departure of Neco Williams last summer, Liverpool were somewhat short in terms of depth in right-back.

Bradley spent last season on loan at League One club, Bolton Wanderers and even finished the season with their best player of the season award.

The right-back made his second appearance for Liverpool this season against the Reds’ most recent clash against Fulham.

Although Willian managed to put the Cottagers ahead during the FA Cup game, this was due to no fault of Bradley’s own.

He had a stellar performance and filled the boots of Alexander-Arnold well with many hailing the youngster as their man of the match.

After the game, Klopp praised the youngster and claimed he is a “real talent.”

He will sleep well tonight. I’m not sure he makes it home, he will probably fall asleep in the dressing room.

Exceptional. Wonderful, fantastic character, a real talent with top potential, and he is in the right team because everybody loves him and respects him and wants him to succeed.

If the youngster carries on in this form, there is no reason as to why he couldn’t fill in for Alexander-Arnold during his absence.

He may even allow Klopp to push Trent into midfield and give him even more freedom.

Jarell Quansah

Arguably one of Liverpool’s most surprising breakout players this season, Jarell Quansah has been deployed in right-back during his career.

The towering youngster has been a standout player when called upon and has enabled Klopp to be more flexible with his defensive choices.

Especially since the season ending injury Matip sustained, the 6’2 defender has really shown he is mature beyond his years.

His appearances in right-back haven’t, however, occurred during his senior career.

Meaning he may not be the best option for Liverpool to go for.

But, if Bradley needs a rest and Gomez needs to be used elsewhere amongst the team, he could be a valid option.

At the start of the January transfer window, Liverpool recalled Owen Beck from Dundee FC.

The left-back was in stellar form which is why Liverpool believed it was in his bets interest to be recalled and brought back to his parent club.

Beck’s addition gives Klopp yet another defensive option which will allow him to have multiple options during this injury crisis.

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