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13-Nov-2020, 09:48 pm

‘Liverpool may concede less without Alexander-Arnold’ – Barnes unfazed by injury to England right-back

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, Champions League 2020-21

Liverpool may end up conceding fewer goals with Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out, claims John Barnes, with theReds legend notconcerned to see thebuccaneering right-back added to the ever-growing injury list.

The reigning Premier League champions are having to get creative as a result, but Barnes believes they have enough cover at their disposal to counter the absence of the England international full-back.

He told BonusCodeBets: “One player getting injured, Trent Alexander-Arnold in this case,can’t have that sort of impact on the teamwhere it completely stops their way of playing, it is disrespectful to the other 10players on the pitch who are fighting for the shirt.

“Trent being injured isnot something that Liverpool cannot overcome because new additions can come in and the tactics get slightly tweaked. The replacement for Trent might be more defensively sound and therefore Liverpoolcouldconcede less goals.

“When one player is missing, it is not a devastating and negative losslike some people are led to think.

“Depending on the game, we can haveJames Milnerthere,whohasso much experience in the big games. However,I wouldn’t be surprised if the young boy Nico Williams plays more often than,he’s a terrific talent.”

While Liverpool find themselves short on options at the back, the opposite is true in the final third of the field.

Klopp opted to field a front four in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City - consisting of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota – but Barnes believes that adventure will be reigned in over the coming weeks.

The former Reds midfielder added: “From an attacking point of view and being a Liverpool fan, it is pleasing to seeall four attacking players on the field at the same time.

“Depending on the opposition that Liverpool face, perhaps we will need to play three hard-working midfieldersin the middle of the park allowing thefront four togoall-out attackand cause problems. It depends on the nature of the game and the quality of the opposition.

“It was great to see that JurgenKlopp felt comfortable enough to be playingthefour attacking players,buthe also had trust inthemto begood enough without the ball. You saw thatwithFirminoagainst Manchester City, he was defending from the front.

“If they have the right work ethic and know-how todefend as a unit, Jurgen is more than happy to play offensivefootball.

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