Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out for at least three weeks due to a knee injury suffered in FA Cup win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders confirmed the news today ahead of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday.

Lijnders said: “He hyper-extended his knee in the (Arsenal) game, there’s a little tear in the lateral ligament… he will be out for probably three weeks.

“It’s a big blow… he’s one of our most important players.

“He creates a lot of dynamics, he’s always decisive… even in bad spells he would put the ball where it would make the difference.”

The injury news could mean Conor Bradley is handed his first start for the Reds after an impressive display against Arsenal on Sunday.

“Conor Bradley comes in… one-v-one vs Martinelli… he reads, he learns… I think Conor Bradley and Bobby Duncan are not back up players, they are a part of our squad… they are made for games like this,” said Lijnders.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk - Alamy (Free To Use)
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk – Alamy (Free To Use)

The Reds’ assistant manager also confirmed captain Virgil van Dijk is back available after illness and midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is back running but won’t be available for Wednesday’s semi-final.

Left-back Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas are expected to return at the end of January while midfielders Stefan Bajcetic and Thiago Alcantara are expected back at the end of February.

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