Trent Alexander-Arnold before Brighton
Liverpool had a major scare on Saturday in the warm up before the Brighton game.
Jurgen Klopp travelled to the south coast with significant defensive problems.
Fabinho was asked to play at centre-half with the likes of Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all sidelined through injury.
At right back, Trent Alexander-Arnold now has that position all to himself.
Nathaniel Clyne has left Anfield for Bournemouth in January on loan.
Minutes before the Brighton game kicked off, Alexander-Arnold was down holding his ankle.
Alexander-Arnold appeared to twist his ankle after miscontrolling the ball.
James Milner warmed up furiously, but in the end Alexander-Arnold managed to play.
Is Alexander-Arnold injured?
Not only did Alexander-Arnold start the match at Brighton, he completed 90 minutes.
So what happened?
After the game the defender spoke about his pre-game injury:
After a few minutes [it] got better and I told the medical staff I just needed some strapping and some pain killers and I’d be good to go.
When you get into the zone it helps.
Alexander-Arnold injured his ankle during the warm-up at the Amex Stadium. “After a few minutes [it] got better and I told the medical staff I just needed some strapping and some pain killers and I’d be good to go. When you get into the zone it helps.” #LFC pic.twitter.com/luHLm6SuDS
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) January 12, 2019
Brighton 0 – Liverpool 1
Until Man City play Wolves on Monday night, Liverpool are once again seven points clear at the top of the table.
That’s following a 1-0 win away at Brighton.
Mohamed Salah, days after being crowned the 2018 African player of the year, scored the winner from the penalty spot for the Reds.
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