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Rant of the day: Liverpool have nothing to worry about despite Trent Alexander-Arnold’s knee injury and here is why



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Joe Gomez (L) and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate

Trent Alexander-Arnold picking up a knee injury just after the Brighton win has to be one of the worst-timed injuries for Liverpool this season.

The youngster is expected to be out for a month (h/t Guardian) after damaging knee ligaments, and to rub salt into the wounds, Nathaniel Clyne was loaned out to Bournemouth just a few days earlier.

The former Southampton star would have been a decent option until Trent got back, but Liverpool have to make some decisions regarding the back-four.

Joe Gomez would have been the right man for the job, but the English defender is out with a fracture and should return sometime in February.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez of Liverpool

Dejan Lovren is also injured while Joel Matip only just returned to the bench in our 1-0 win over the Seagulls.

Times like these would lead to panic but the fans don’t need to worry as we are well-stocked to deal with this injury crisis.

Right-back options galore for Liverpool

The Reds don’t have incredibly tough fixtures over the next four weeks as we play West Ham, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth.

Of course, each team has the ability to defeat us, but on paper, we should be strong enough to get the better of them.

James Milner and Andy Robertson

James Milner and Andy Robertson

Our first clash is at the weekend against Palace, and memories of their 3-2 win over Manchester City are still fresh in the mind.

Liverpool need to find a right-back for this game, and we could decide to play James Milner till Trent returns.

The Englishman has done the job earlier in the season and even spent one season as our No.1 left-back. Liverpool could look at one of the summer signings to shift a little from his central role on Saturday.

Fabinho played as a centre-back in the loss to Wolves and the win over Brighton, and the Brazilian has experience of playing as a right-back during his time with Monaco and Real Madrid.

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Fabinho after the 1-0 win over Brighton

Klopp has also experimented with three at the back, but that is an extreme step given the experienced options we have now.

There are other players that could take the role too with Ki-Jana Hoever and Rafa Camacho impressing against Wolves.

Klopp must have seen something in Camacho as the German even cancelled a loan deal for the youngster and kept him at Merseyside (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Of course, we won’t have the same offensive output with Milner or Fabinho, as we had with Trent playing as our right-back, but some sacrifices have to be made to ensure we pick up the three points on Saturday.

Liverpool have been solid defensively this season, and it seems Klopp wants to keep a clean sheet first and then look to win the game by a goal here or there.

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Ki-Jana Hoever

That isn’t the worst approach in the world, but we have to ensure a goal is scored early on or there will be some nerves in the team.

Milner at the back guarantees a more sound defence and with Virgil van Dijk leading from the back, it will be tough for the opposition to score easily.

Liverpool are playing out of their skin defensively, and that will continue as we face an unpredictable Crystal Palace team on Saturday.

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However, the Reds should start as favourites, even if we are missing two of our first-team defenders, Gomez and Alexander-Arnold.

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Klopp wants to keep experienced star at Liverpool despite interest from European giants



Liverpool FC transfer news: Jurgen Klopp does not want to lose Dejan Lovren in the summer

Calciomercato claims that AC Milan will find it difficult to sign Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren.

The Croatian defender recently returned to the Reds for pre-season training, and report claims that the Reds value Lovren at €25million.

The 30-year-old was not a regular starter for us last season due to injuries and the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.

Dejan Lovren Mohamed Salah

However, the Croatian is one of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League, and the report adds that Jurgen Klopp admires Lovren’s leadership at the back.

The report claims that this is one reason why Klopp wants to keep Lovren in the team for as long as possible.

Liverpool won’t let Lovren go on the cheap

The report adds that Liverpool are looking to get the complete €25m for Lovren and are not willing to reduce his price.

Milan would have to match the valuation for Liverpool to even consider selling the Croatian (h/t Calciomercato).

The Reds have signed Sepp van den Berg, a young centre-back, in the summer, however, Klopp’s thought process regarding Lovren makes a lot of sense.

The Croatian hasn’t made any noises of wanting to leave and did a decent job in most of his games last season.

Signing a senior defender for the upcoming season would not be easy, and the Croatian has a great relationship with most of the Liverpool players, such as Mohamed Salah.

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Lovren’s experience is certainly great for a young Liverpool team, and it will be interesting to see what our actions are in the summer window.

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“I would say yes”: Klopp opens up on where Liverpool star’s future lies



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp claims Mignolet’s future is with Reds

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet would be staying despite the keeper being unsure about his playing time at the club (h/t Daily Mail).

Alisson was signed last summer, and the Brazilian has been excellent with the Reds.

The keeper won the Golden Glove in the Champions League and the Premier League, and won the Copa America this summer.

Simon Mignolet in action

Alisson was also the Man of the Match in our 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

However, Klopp was certain that Mignolet would stay, and praised his professionalism last season (h/t Daily Mail):

“Yes, (it’s) how I’ve heard.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations in the last couple of years, months – not weeks. Before we left (for the summer break) we had talk. I would say yes (he stays).”

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet

Klopp added that the Reds need quality players in all positions, and that was the situation with our goalkeepers:

“At a club like Liverpool you need two number ones in the club and we have that with Ali and Simon.

“It’s a good situation for the club and a situation you should have and that’s why everything is fine from my point of view.”

Mignolet needs more games at Liverpool

The Belgian only played two games for the first-team last season, with those appearances coming in the domestic cups.

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Mignolet needs to play regularly as he is in the prime of his goalkeeping career, and the Reds should offer him the same next season.

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The Reds are in additional competitions this season, and it will be interesting to see how things develop with the Belgian.

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Liverpool turn to veteran keeper to solve current injury crisis



Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds move for Andy Lonergan to solve keeper issue

The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds have moved for former Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to solve their problems between the sticks.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has brought in the 35-year-old keeper who last played for Middlesbrough.

Lonergan is set to travel to the US for our tour of North America, according to the report, as Simon Mignolet is the only fit senior keeper Liverpool have.

Andy Lonergan

Alisson is away on a break after winning the Copa America while the Reds have seen two young keepers pick up injuries.

Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a wrist injury, Vitezslav Jaros injured his ankle ligaments while Kamil Grabara is yet to report for duty after his U21 Euro exploits with Poland.

Mignolet had to play almost the entirety of our pre-season friendly against Bradford with Dan Atherton being given a few minutes last night.

Lonergan not signing a deal with Liverpool

The report adds that the 35-year-old keeper will not sign a contract with Liverpool, and is unlikely to play in the US games.

Simon Mignolet in action

Liverpool play Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon in this part of the pre-season tour.

Lonergan is a well-travelled keeper, with stints at Rochdale, Leeds United, Bolton Wanderers and Wolves.

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Liverpool have won both of their pre-season games so far, and their first clash of the season is against Norwich on 9th August.

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