Liverpool FC News Recap: Alexander-Arnold injury latest, Mbappe 'hope', Szoboszlai win

Trent Alexander-Arnold will sit out the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham and is set to miss 'a few weeks' of action with a knee injury, Pep Lijnders has revealed.

The Liverpool vice-captain suffered the issue in the 2-0 FA Cup win over Arsenal on Sunday, with the Reds' assistant manager detailing the extent of the injury ahead of Wednesday's semi final.

The news is the latest injury blow for Liverpool who currently have ten first-team players unavailable.


Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas near returns

In better fitness news, Lijnders also revealed that both left backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas are nearing returns to team training, following their injury layoffs.

Kostas Tsimikas - Propaganda

Kostas Tsimikas - Propaganda

Robertson has been absent since the October international break when he dislocated his shoulder while playing for Scotland. The subsequent need for surgery meant an extended period on the sidelines, with the 29-year-old missing 19 Liverpool games so far.

Meanwhile, Robertson's backup, Tsimikas, suffered a broken collarbone during the Reds' Boxing Day draw against Arsenal.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's Carabao Cup semi-final first leg, Lijnders said that both players could return to team training by the end of January – if all goes to plan.


Dominik Szoboszlai bags an award & speaks on Liverpool return

Dominik Szoboszlai has claimed it won't take long before he makes his return to the pitch, after the hamstring injury he suffered against Newcastle.

The Liverpool No. 8 had to be substituted in the second half of the Reds' 4-2 win over Newcastle on New Year's Day, with Jurgen Klopp later revealing that that the midfielder would miss at least two games with the issue.

The 23-year-old has given his own brief update on his injury, while speaking at the at the ceremony during for Hungary’s Sportsperson of the Year 2023 – where he won the men's award.

Szoboszlai told M4 Sport: "I’m getting better. The first game of the year didn’t go as planned [for me], but it won’t take long and I’ll be back."


Liverpool get Kylian Mbappe backers from unlikely source

Barcelona are hoping that Liverpool will be able to convince Kylian Mbappe that the Premier League is a more attractive competition than La Liga, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Kylian Mbappe, ProShots

The Catalan outlet write that Mbappe would be given the 'king's throne' at Liverpool as an instant club icon.

It is added that the Premier League is 'much more attractive than La Liga' currently, and that all those concerned with Barça are holding out hope that this factor will be enough to convince Mbappe to turn down Real Madrid, where they fear he would pose a huge threat to Barcelona's success.


Four Reds up for EA Sports FC 24 Team of the Year

Liverpool quartet Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the EA Sports FC 24 Team of the Year, earning recognition for their efforts across the past 12 months.

Liverpool fans can help the nominated stars get a place in the final Men’s Team of the Year XI by casting their votes.


Jordan Henderson struggles show Mo Salah the way

Jordan Henderson has reportedly offered himself to a whole host of clubs as he looks for an exit route from the Saudi Pro League after just half a season.

It has been reported that the former Liverpool skipper has struggled to adapt to the lifestyle, quality (or lack thereof) of football and low crowds in Saudi Arabia.

Jordan Henderson, ProShots

The Saudi's see their investment in football as a long-term project, but for some of the highly-paid global stars who have recently joined it may be hard to see the bigger picture if no-one is watching.

In other Liverpool alumni news, Steven Gerrard – manager of Henderson's Al Ettifaq – appears to be on the brink with his managerial career stagnating, while Roberto Firmino and Fabinho have been struggling.

It all begs the question, why on Earth would Mohamed Salah even want to go to the Saudi Pro League now?


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