They say the world changes fast. One minute, your infant daughter is crawling and being a bit of a scamp. The next, she’s walking and is climbing on everything and OHMYGODWHYISEVERYTHINGINTHISHOMEATHREAT?!
Maybe that’s just my experience but even those of us following Liverpool FC can admit at things can change in a blink of an eye. In fact, while the past 8 seasons for me may have, in moments, felt a bit like a drudgery (insert “it’s been 84 years” gif), the relative turnaround of this club from being on the brink of administration in the Autumn of 2010 to 4 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table in the Winter of 2019 is quite the achievement.
And even that pales in comparison to the seemingly miraculous turnaround of young Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The vaunted right back picked up a knock ahead of the club’s match against Brighton Hove-Albion. Despite looking uncomfortable, the player convinced the coach and staff that he was fine to play and went on to put in a decent shift over the full 90 minutes. After the match, though, came the startling news that scans revealed ligament damage that could put TAA out for up to 6 weeks. Coming on the heels of the controversial decision to let Nathaniel Clyne, the only senior-level back-up to TAA on the squad, leave on loan, this was a moment of anxiety among many Reds fans sensing that old familiar feeling of the other shoe falling just as Liverpool look primed to put both hands on their best title challenge in a decade.
Well, all of that can be put to rest, it seems, as Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match press conference has now revealed that TAA might be back sooner than expected. In fact, Klopp has indicated that Trent, along with Georginio Wijnaldum, who also picked up a knock ahead of the Brighton match, might be available for this weekends tilt against Crystal Palace:
“Gini and Trent, we will decide day by day. It’s of course not cool. For both, it will be really, really close for tomorrow. I don’t want to close any doors before anybody tells me I have to.”
So. Maybe TAA received some sort of transfusion involving Wolverine blood? Cause, that is quite the turnaround from potential missing all of February to back as early as tomorrow. Either way, this is cause for celebration among us anxious Reds. Here’s hoping that Trent’s knock is indeed not serious and that he can make a full and speedy recovery.