Who needs the fab three when you’ve got Trent Alexander-Arnold? Liverpool’s right-back produced a moment of peerless quality and creativity to assist Diogo Jota and break FC Midtjylland’s resolve as the English champions won 2-0 at Anfield in Champions League action on Tuesday.
Alexander-Arnold’s excellent give and go with Xherdan Shaqiri earned him space behind the Danish defense for perhaps the first time in the night before the England right-back squared for Jota to slot the ball into an empty net.
Anders Dreyer came within inches of a brilliant equalizer when his clipped finish over Alisson hit the side netting before substitute Mohamed Salah won and scored a penalty to earn Liverpool six points from six to start Group D.
Perhaps more significant than the result for Jurgen Klopp will be another injury blow after Fabinho was forced off with what appeared to be a hamstring problem in the first half. Rhys Williams took his place and may be pressed into further action over the coming weeks.
Losing Virgil van Dijk for the season was a brutal blow to Liverpool’s hopes of success in the Premier League and Champions League, to be without the best deputy to partner Joe Gomez is all the more cruel. It also robs Klopp of one of his effective midfielders.
Whether Liverpool can rely on the fitness of Joel Matip over the coming months will be a major question for Klopp. The 29-year-old completed 90 minutes for the first time in a year earlier this month but had to travel to hospital for scans after the 2-2 draw with Everton.
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