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As one Liverpool defender bags a trio of assists, another limps off to hand Klopp a headache before Arsenal

As one Liverpool defender bags a trio of assists, another limps off to hand Klopp a headache before Arsenal

 

Monday night proved an altogether contrasting one when it comes to the fortunes of two of Liverpool’s star defenders.

TAA dazzles

First up came Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Amid England’s efforts to secure their spot at next year’s World Cup, the gifted full-back was handed a start on the right of Gareth Southgate’s back-4, in a final day meeting with San Marino.

And to say that he went on to take full advantage of his latest outing on the international stage would be something of an understatement.

En route to an eventual 10 (yes, TEN) nil victory for the Three Lions, Alexander-Arnold racked up a trio of assists, proving himself once more as one of the finest crossers of the ball in world football:

Robbo blow

On the flip side of things, however, came Andy Robertson’s appearance in Scotland’s clash with Denmark.

Steve Clarke’s men, for their part, finished out their World Cup qualification campaign on a high, downing table-toppers Denmark by two goals to nil to gear up for next year’s playoffs in style.

But Robertson, after starting at left-back, was forced to limp out of proceedings late on.

After pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem, the former Hull City man was tended to by Scotland’s medical team, before eventually making way for Scott McKenna.

Jurgen Klopp, for his part, will no doubt be desperate for positive news regarding the wellbeing of his key stopper over the days ahead, with Liverpool in the midst of something of a personnel crisis ahead of a showdown with high-flying Arsenal this weekend.

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This article was edited by Ben Browning.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 23 41 57
2 Liverpool FC 21 37 45
3 Chelsea FC 23 28 44
4 Manchester United 22 6 38
5 West Ham United 23 10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 4 36
7 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton FC 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford FC 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton FC 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford FC 20 -17 14
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Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 16
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Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 8
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 8
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 8
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 8
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 7
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 7
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Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 6
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