One of the worst moments for any football fan is seeing one of their players go down with a non-contact injury. It always portends bad things, and when the team is already injury-hit, the feeling of dread only amplifies.
That’s what happened on Sunday when Trent Alexander-Arnold went down with a hamstring injury in the second half of the match against Manchester City. The intense fixture schedule has been causing plenty of injuries, especially for the Premier League teams who are also in Europe.
Alexander-Arnold joins his teammates Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the injury list. He’s set to be out an estimated four weeks. For Klopp and the Reds, the international break came at a good time.
Alexander-Arnold will have to sit out England duty. The Three Lions are set to play three matches over the next two weeks — because of course they are. The world waits on tenterhooks to see who will take home the coveted — excuse me one moment while I Google this — Nations League trophy.
There’s a pandemic still raging, but UEFA won’t let that get in the way of making some money.
Liverpool’s schedule resumes on November 21st when they take on Leicester City. Alexander-Arnold will miss that one, a Champions League game against Atalanta, and likely also a visit from Brighton on November 28th. And if you’re doing the math and figuring out that many of these players will play three international games in a week, then come back and play three more club games the next week, you are not the only one.
Until something changes, it seems like these needless injuries to our players is something that we’re all going to have to get used to.