Trent Alexander-Arnold looks a major doubt to feature in Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday after being spotted wearing a protective boot.
The right-back limped off in the 90th minute of Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League and has since undergone a scan on his foot to determine the extent of the injury.
Whilst he is yet to have been officially ruled out, the early indications are that he could be set for a spell on the sidelines.
Injuries elsewhere in defence have left Jurgen Klopp facing a selection dilemma that may entail calling on the versatility of his midfielders again.
Eagle-eyed Reds were quick to notice Alexander-Arnold’s left foot wrapped up during Thursday’s Battlefield event with Joe Gomez and Jesse Lingard.
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A six-week layoff for Joe Gomez, who fractured his leg in the recent win over Burnley, leaves Liverpool short of clear alternatives for Alexander-Arnold.
With Nathaniel Clyne still working his way back to full fitness, James Milner appears a leading candidate to step into the role having impressed there during the 4-0 victory away to Bournemouth.
Summer signing Fabinho also offers experience at full-back, although the Brazilian could also become an option at centre-back in light of Joel Matip’s latest injury setback.
The absence of both Gomez and Matip has subsequently piled the pressure on an injury-prone Dejan Lovren to produce an extended run of games.