Liverpool duo Trent Alexander Arnold and Luis Diaz could be set to miss the Champions League trip to Rangers after coming off injured in the Anfield club’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal.
England international Alexander Arnold came off at half-time in the eventual defeat to the high-flying Gunners whilst £50m Colombia star Diaz was hooked with minutes to play in the first period.
As reported after the game, Trent came off the park due to an ankle injury whilst Luis Diaz is said to have left the North London stadium on crutches.
German manager Jurgen Klopp spoke to the BBC after the game and claimed that “it doesn’t look good” for both players, meaning they are both major doubts for the trip to Rangers.
“He [Trent] is injured unfortunately,” said Klopp. “Like Luis Diaz as well, it doesn’t look good for both. That is the icing on the cake.”
Liverpool suffer Alexander Arnold and Luis Diaz Rangers blows
Rangers are well aware of the threats posed by both players and whilst Liverpool have strength in depth, there is no getting away from the fact their absences represent a blow to the Anfield side.
Trent Alexander Arnold netted a stunning free-kick in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool and Anfield whilst Luis Diaz played the entire game on Merseyside.
Rangers are also well aware of the ex-FC Porto star from his time in Portugal, where he scored in a 1-1 draw at the Estadio do Dragao in 2019.
Mikel Arteta-led Arsenal have emerged as serious title contenders in the English Premier League and continued their fine early season form with a well-earned victory at the Emirates.
Gabriel Martinelli got Arsenal off to a flyer seconds into the match kicking off, before under-fire Uruguayan striker Darwin Nunez equalised for Liverpool.
Bukayo Saka netted deep into injury time at the end of the first-half to put Arsenal in front ahead of the break before Roberto Firmino once again hauled Liverpool level within 10 minutes of the restart.
Saka then netted his second from the penalty spot to win the clash for Arsenal, who go top of the table after nine games, one point above 2nd place Man City.
Liverpool’s toils continue and the Anfield club sit in 10th place this season, already 14 points off the top of the table with Rangers ready to turn the screw at Ibrox this week.
Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has set his side a Europa League challenge and the players must really get something from the match with Liverpool to stand a chance.