Ex-manager: Liverpool to miss 'frightening' attacker against Man City as Alexander-Arnold update issued
Alex McLeish has insisted Liverpool should be able to cope without the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold against Manchester City this weekend.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager claimed Jurgen Klopp’s men could prove their credentials as title contenders by performing without the wing-back.
As confirmed on Tuesday (28th September), Alexander-Arnold is a doubt for Sunday’s league clash against City with an adductor injury.
The 22-year-old missed the Reds’ 5-1 victory over Porto in midweek.
James Milner stepped in at right-back against the Portuguese heavyweights, as he did against Crystal Palace in his teammate’s absence.
McLeish insisted while Alexander-Arnold’s “frightening” attacking prowess would be missed, the Reds should be able to get by without him if they consider themselves genuine Premier League contenders.
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“He’s been ever-present, almost, for Liverpool,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.
“His attacking play is absolutely frightening. There was one game last year when the opposition winger, for the first time, made him uncomfortable.
“He is absolutely a big cog in the wheel for the manager. But Liverpool being Liverpool will have players in reserve they can slot in there.
“That’s the essence of a team that wins the Premier League or winning the Champions League. They’ve got great players to bring in so I wouldn’t think it would cause too much of a big upset for Liverpool.
“They’re missing one key player. They’ve missed other guys from time to time, big strong players.
“If you lose him for a long time, as we saw with Virgil van Dijk, there was a wee bit of an implosion there.
“I’m sure they’ll have the capacity to cover him.”