Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool were lucky with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ankle injury as the right-back may be out for just two weeks.
Liverpool had feared they would be without the England international for any longer after he was injured in a tackle with Gabriel Martinelli in Arsenal’s 3-2 win on Sunday.
But while Liverpool are also without Luis Diaz and Joel Matip for a couple of weeks until Boxing Day, Klopp at least had some good news on the full-back positions as Alexander-Arnold could potentially return in time for his trip to Ajax and Andy Robertson , who made his last missed four games is struggling to make a comeback against Rangers on Wednesday.
“I thought we might hopefully have a bit of luck with Trent as his ankle didn’t look good to be honest,” said Klopp. “It’s always difficult to say [how long he will be out]. Less than a month. Two weeks I’ve heard, but I have to see if that’s correct. I thought it lasted longer than I see him after the game. I take the two weeks easy. It’s good that Robbo is back, but he’s only trained for a few days.”
Diaz, who may have been Liverpool’s best player this season, will not play again until after the World Cup because of a knee problem he picked up on Sunday, but Klopp was relatively optimistic.
He added: “Lucho, what’s that, six to eight [weeks] or what ever? We’ll see for how long. He looks like a fast healer. It could be worse. It’s not great, but it’s the situation and we have to deal with it.”
Before his departure, Diaz set up Darwin Nunez’s first goal since August and the summer signing could be more important without his compatriot from South America.
Klopp was encouraged by both Nunez’s efforts at Arsenal and his performance in last week’s 2-0 win over Rangers.
“It is important for him to be confident [after scoring],” he said. “He had a lot of good moments against Rangers. But at moments he was unplayable [there were] great goalkeeper saves. His performance was definitely positive.”
Liverpool will be without midfielders Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones and Arthur Melo in their first game at Ibrox, but Jordan Henderson will play.
The FA are investigating an incident from Saturday’s game against Arsenal when the Liverpool captain exchanged words with Gabriel Magalhaes, but Klopp said: “Will he be in the right mood? Yes.”