On Thursday, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will not be available to play in the match at Anfield against Pep Guardiola’s side after missing their midweek 5-1 victory over FC Porto in the Champions League due to a muscle issue.
Even though Liverpool managed to cruise past their Portuguese opponents in midweek thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane without the right-back’s presence, everyone at Anfield would undoubtedly have preferred to have him available for the visit of the champions this weekend.
The 22-year-old, who is currently valued at £67.5m according to Transfermarkt, has made 185 appearances for Liverpool across all competitions in which he has managed to score 10 goals and provide an impressive 47 assists in the process.
Given how Alexander-Arnold has already chipped in with three assists in just six appearances across all competitions so far this term, this shows just how much of an attacking threat he has been even as a defender.
Also, with SofaScore currently listing him as the joint-third highest rated player in the Premier League so far this season alongside Chelsea defender Thiago Silva, this proves just how impressive his overall performances have been and why he will be such a big loss for Liverpool this weekend as someone who could have helped unlocked City’s strong defence, which has only conceded one league goal so far.
Looking ahead to the match against Guardiola’s men, with Klopp saying in his recent press conference that he has a number of options to compensate for the loss of Alexander-Arnold by playing the likes of Neco Williams, James Milner or Joe Gomez there or changing the system altogether, this says to us that the German has a big decision on his hands to try and manage the situation as best he can.