Walking wounded: How long Liverpool trio are expected to be absent following Arsenal injuries

Klopp has been left counting the cost of a damaging defeat on all fronts

Liverpool have been dealt a trio of major blows as it has emerged that all of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Luis Diaz are set to miss their showdown with Manchester City at the weekend after all were forced off against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Alexander-Arnold and Matip, both of whom struggled in the first half, are expected to be sidelined for two weeks with ankle and calf problems respectively. This means that the Reds will be down to the barebones in defence, with Ibrahima Konate only just having returned from injury and Andy Robertson back in training after a knee issue.

Konate is likely to be called into action both for the Champions League clash with Rangers and the clash with the Premier League champions, with Joe Gomez an option but set to deputise for Alexander-Arnold on the right-hand-side.

There is worse news for Luis Diaz, however, with the forward having picked up a knee injury that is set to see him sidelined until after the World Cup, leaving Liverpool somewhat light in attack.

Diaz has been one of few Liverpool stars to perform this season, and his injury will be a massive loss to a side already missing plenty of energy throughout their XI at present.

Arthur Melo is also out with a long-term injury, while neither Naby Keita nor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have returned to fitness yet either, leaving Klopp with few options to change a weary and underperforming Reds side.

Currently 10th in the Premier League after their defeat at the Emirates, Jurgen Klopp has already ruled out any chance of a title race, with his side 14 points off the current pace, but Liverpool will need to get back on track soon to avoid being embroiled in a race just to finish in a European spot come the end of the season.

The World Cup could be a welcome break for his side.

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Ben Browning

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