Liverpool‘s refusal to signal an skilled right-back to offer cowl for Trent Alexander-Arnold could also be about to return again to chew Jurgen Klopp. It was again in 2017 when Liverpool’s troubles on the suitable facet of defence seemed to be answered by the emergence of Alexander-Arnold.
He helped the membership attain the 2018 Champions League last earlier than making the place his personal the very subsequent season. Whereas the England star’s means on the ball stands out above nothing else, it is also been his near-impeccable health document that has additionally stood out.
He is missed only a handful of Premier League matches since 2018 with both James Milner, Neco Williams or Joe Gomez standing in when required. Each Milner and Williams are not on the membership whereas Calvin Ramsay, who was initially signed as a right-back who might probably step in for Alexander-Arnold, was despatched out on mortgage to Preston this season.
The problem for Liverpool – very similar to that they had earlier than signing Kostas Tsimikas on the left facet of defence – has been discovering a participant succesful and keen to play back-up to Alexander-Arnold. Gomez has been hit-and-miss when pushed out to take up the right-back place. Whereas defensively more proficient than his compatriot, Gomez would not have the identical attacking guile that Alexander-Arnold possesses.
However Klopp could properly should depend on the 26-year-old with Alexander-Arnold set for an extended spell out on the sidelines along with his hamstring harm. The Liverpool boss has confirmed that Alexander-Arnold is but to return to group coaching and it’ll want extra time to get better.
It seemingly means the full-back is not going to characteristic in Liverpool’s Europa League group stage opener in opposition to LASK subsequent week with the Reds going through West Ham, Leicester (Carabao Cup), Tottenham, Union Saint-Gilloise (Europa League) and Brighton earlier than the following worldwide break. Realistically, Klopp could properly must name upon Gomez for many of these matches if Alexander-Arnold remains to be a way away from making his return.
However the versatile defender has had health problems with his personal lately and an harm setback for him might go away Klopp in a tough scenario. Summer time signing Wataru Endo often performed at right-back throughout his time enjoying again in Japan.