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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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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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