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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.

Fabinho of Liverpool

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.

Ki-Jana Hoever of Liverpool

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.

Read more: Reputed journalist claims Jurgen Klopp is not fretting over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence because of this reason

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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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona

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Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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