Alexander-Arnold will miss Carabao Cup Final

Alexander-Arnold will miss Carabao Cup Final

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the Carabao Cup Final through injury.

Jurgen Klopp used today's pre-match press conference to provide updates on several injured Liverpool players, and the news regarding Alexander-Arnold was less than positive...

Arnold suffered a recurrence of a knee injury against Burnley last time out and was substituted at half-time as a precaution. Although the player downplayed the issue at the time, it has subsequently been confirmed that Arnold has once again injured his right knee.   The injury first occurred against Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd Round on the 7th January. That led to Alexander-Arnold missing the rest of Liverpool's matches in January, before returning against Burnley last weekend.

Sadly for the club and player, this latest injury setback means Liverpool's Vice-Captain will now miss the Carabao Cup Final against Chelsea on Sunday 25th February.

Alexander-Arnold has previously won the Carabao Cup with Liverpool in 2022 and is the club's youngest-ever player to win all six major English and European trophies, including the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Super Cup, and Club World Cup.

Should Liverpool win the Final against Chelsea, Alexander-Arnold would be eligible for a winner's medal.  Clubs are given 23 medals on the day but can order more for additional squad members if they wish.  As Alexander-Arnold has already featured in two games in the competition this season, Klopp would likely want him to receive a medal, even if he can't play in the Final.

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Conor Bradley to cover for Alexander-Arnold

In Alexander-Arnold's absence, Jurgen Klopp turned to 19-year-old Conor Bradley.  The young right-back did not let Klopp down, with a series of outstanding performances, including a 'man of the match' performance against Chelsea at Anfield two weeks ago, with Bradley scoring one goal and assisting two more.

Sadly for Bradley and his family, his father passed away shortly after the Chelsea game, with the player going on compassionate leave since then.  Had this situation not happened, Klopp may well have chosen to continue playing Bradley at right-back, to give Arnold more time to recover from his injury.  Either way, with Bradley now back training with the first-team squad, he will likely start tomorrow's game against Brentford, and the Cup Final against Chelsea.  Liverpool welcomes Luton Town to Anfield in between those two games, but Klopp will probably try to rest his young star for that match, rather than risk any more injuries.

If Bradley does play at Wembley, it will certainly be the biggest game of the youngster's career so far.  However, it won't be his first taste of playing at Wembley, as Bradley helped Bolton Wanderers win the Football League Trophy last season, thrashing Plymouth 4 - 0 in the Final.

Liverpool fans will be hoping for a similar scoreline against Chelsea next Sunday!!

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