Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that the injury Trent Alexander-Arnold sustained in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth is not a serious one.
Klopp is hopeful that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be okay after the Liverpool defender picked up a knock in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
The Reds fell behind in the third minute courtesy of a goal from Antoine Semenyo but fought back with strikes from Luis Diaz, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota to bank all three points at Anfield.
While Liverpool managed to recover from their early setback, they didn’t escape the match unscathed; Alexis Mac Allister was controversially sent off on the hour mark and Alexander-Arnold was taken off in the 76th minute after being kicked heavily on the ankle.
Speaking after the match, Klopp appeared to talk the issue down. The boss told reporters: “He got a kick and it’s pretty painful but as far as he felt it, it didn’t twist or anything, it was a kick. That’s why we changed it. Hopefully he is okay.”
Alexander-Arnold was caught out for Bournemouth ‘s early opener but played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s fightback before hobbling off in the closing stages.
Referee Thomas Bramall’s decision to dismiss Mac Allister meant that Liverpool were forced to play the final 30 minutes of the match a man light. The decision looked harsh at the time and Klopp made it clear he was of the opinion that the officials got the decision wrong after the game.
Speaking about the red card, Klopp said: “I’ve seen it back. I think the number of times I’ve been asked about it, it’s worth discussing again which we will probably do.
“Alexis told me he touched him, but not really. If you have a list of points to have a penalty beside contact no other boxes are ticked. If it was a yellow card it wouldn’t have been overturned but because it’s red card and there’s contact, VAR isn’t overturning it.
“The punishment being with 10 men for 40 minutes is already punishment itself. I don’t know we have to talk to the authorities. We saw harsher challenges which were not red cards.”
He added: “Even with 10 men we still had our moments, we still had our counter attacks. My players did extremely well, they fought very hard. After 58 minutes we had 10 men and it was a big fight but that’s alright.”