Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest injury update on Trent Alexander-Arnold following his side’s 3-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League.
Alexander-Arnold set-up the opener for Diogo Jota on Saturday with a precise corner kick, but he did not rejoin the team for the second half, leaving the score tied at 1-1.
The 25-year-old was subbed at half-time for Harvey Elliott although it did not affect Liverpool at the start of the second half as Elliott subsequently set up Luis Diaz for the second goal, making it 2-1.
Meanwhile, academy graduate Curtis Jones was deployed as a right-back.
Burnley had several chances to equalise before Darwin Nunez’s header from Elliott’s cross sealed the points for the Reds who returned to the top of the table in front of a club-record league crowd at Anfield.
Alexander-Arnold had missed three weeks of action due to a knee injury before returning with back-to-back cameos against Norwich and Chelsea, then starting in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal last weekend.
Providing an update on the England international’s injury, Klopp said: “Same area in the knee. Nothing really bad but he felt it again and we have to see.
“We will assess it.
“We were made aware of it in the game so thought, ‘What can we do’ then Trent said, ‘No it’s fine’. But it’s not as he feels it so we had to be careful and take him off.”
Alexander-Arnold’s assist for Jota’s goal means he has now provided more Premier League assists (58) than any other defender in the competition’s history.
On the win over Vincent Kompany’s side, the German added: “I can really imagine how Vincent Kompany is feeling right now because they did a lot of good stuff and made it really uncomfortable for us.
“But in general, besides the first 15 minutes, when we were in a rush and we played too early, they had counter-attacks and situations and that was a problem. Then we calmed it down and scored wonderful goals.
“We knew at half-time what we had to do. We were in control but we had to change Trent Alexander-Arnold and are short on defenders. Curtis Jones did incredibly well, like Harvey Elliott did when he came on.
“It was a difficult game with strange circumstances. It’s just with all the things that happened with players out, the goalkeeper stepping aside, it was the perfect afternoon – besides the Trent thing obviously.”
Liverpool are now two points clear although they have played one game more than their nearest rivals Manchester City and Arsenal who will take on West Ham United on Sunday.
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