Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down concerns over an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold after the Reds’ 3-1 victory against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Alexander-Arnold was replaced by Joe Gomez in the 76th minute at Anfield, with the England right-back seen limping heavily as he took his place on the bench after the final whistle.
When asked about Alexander-Arnold’s condition, Klopp revealed the issue was a painful kick rather than anything more serious.
“I hope so (that he’ll be okay). He told me he had a kick which was pretty painful,” Klopp said.
“But as far as a twist or fall, it was a kick. That’s why we changed then but I hope he will be fine.”
Alexander-Arnold wasn’t the only Liverpool player to pick up a knock against the Cherries. Luis Diaz, who scored a superb equalizer, came off in the 86th minute after requiring treatment.
Having only recently returned from a long-term knee injury suffered last season, Klopp acknowledged the Colombian understandably tired in the second half while operating in an unfamiliar midfield role.
“If Lucho is fit, I don’t think anyone has any doubt about his quality,” Klopp remarked. “An absolutely exceptional goal that he scored. Top class, very good in shape.”
Klopp will hope both Alexander-Arnold and Diaz will be available for Liverpool’s next Premier League match away to Newcastle next weekend.