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Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Early boost for Blues, setback for the Reds



Liverpool vs. Chelsea: Early boost for Blues, setback for the Reds

Liverpool versus Chelsea rematch in the Carabao Cup final was in no way going to be an easy affair this time around, no matter how the Reds made the 4-1 display at Anfield feel some weeks ago.

In fact, it is even set to be a lot tougher for Liverpool as Right-Back, Trent Alexander-Arnold is reported to have sustained a setback that will keep him away from the Wembley affair versus Chelsea.

Ahead of the Carabao Cup cracker, it is reported that the Liverpool born creative force in the team will be a notable absentee in the tie.

In a report confirmed by Paul Joyce, Alexander-Arnold’s existing knee injury has been aggravated, ruling him out of contention for the showdown against the Blues.

While no specific timeframe has been provided for the 25-year-old’s return, it is anticipated that he will be sidelined for several weeks.

The injury setback occurred during Liverpool’s recent Premier League encounter against Burnley, where Alexander-Arnold was forced off during halftime. Klopp opted to make the substitution as a precautionary measure after the right-back experienced discomfort.

The Liverpool setback appears to be a boost for Chelsea who will be heading into the match with grudges.

Alexander-Arnold had previously suffered a lateral tear in Liverpool’s FA Cup victory over Arsenal last month. Despite returning to action against Norwich in the FA Cup, the talented defender faced further setback against Burnley, prompting concerns over his fitness.

Speaking after the match, Klopp expressed the need for further assessment regarding Alexander-Arnold’s injury.

The German manager acknowledged that while the player initially downplayed the severity of the discomfort, caution dictated his substitution.

Jurgen Klopp updates on Trent Alexander-Arnold injury - another setback? -  Liverpool FC - This Is Anfield

Though not short of options in the role, Jurgen Klopp may likely turn to a makeshift reinforcement in Curtis Jones, or utilize Joe Gomez or Conor Bradley in the role depending on the outcome of the upcoming games.

However, Trent Alexander-Arnold missing the Wembley final is a huge blow for Liverpool, given his instrumental role in the team’s defensive and attacking play.

The academy product has made 29 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring two vital goals to his name.