Liverpool dealt huge blow as more defensive woes threaten their title challenge

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold could be out for up to four weeks after suffering a knee injury at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The England right-back turned his ankle in the warm-up for Liverpool’s 1-0 victory at the Amex Stadium last Saturday.

Alexander-Arnold played with the help of strapping and painkillers, with Mohamed Salah’s penalty briefly stretching Liverpool’s lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points before Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Wolves cut it back to four.

However, he now faces at least a couple of weeks on the sidelines, though with no surgery required he could make a quicker return as Liverpool monitor his progress.

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James Milner and Fabinho may have to move to right side of defence during his absence, which – if it lasts for four weeks – will see him miss Premier League games with Crystal Palace, Leicester City, West Ham and possibly Bournemouth.

Liverpool host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on February 19, a fixture Alexander-Arnold should be fit for providing the timescale proves correct.

Meanwhile, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is a doubt for Saturday’s visit of Palace because of a knee problem.

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