‘Tough moment’ for injury-hit Liverpool after Arsenal loss

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he’s not looking at the Premier League table with his his injury-hit side languishing 14 points behind the leaders Arsenal – but admits the Reds are “in a tough moment”.

Liverpool twice came from behind at the Gunners but ended up losing 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium in a thriller on Sunday, and were left with more injury woes concerning Luis Diaz and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool, now in 10th with 10 points after eight games, are enduring their worst start of Klopp’s seven-year reign and with second-placed Manchester City set to visit Anfield next Sunday, there is little time to put things right.

“We’re in a tough moment and we want to get through this,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“We don’t have to look yet at the table but we know where we are without looking at it, so we are not done.”

Two losses and four draws have left Liverpool trailing in the wake of Arsenal and City, and though Klopp is frustrated by his side’s slow start, he is not looking for excuses.

“This game is gone now, we cannot just accept a situation and say it’s just not happening or whatever – we’re not kids,” he explained.

“We did a lot of good things, scored two really nice goals and played really good stuff against the team in form in the league, because we are probably the team not in form in the league.”

Klopp’s side face a quick turnaround as they visit Rangers in the Champions League in midweek before welcoming City and their free-scoring striker Erling Haaland to Merseyside next weekend.

Asked what he would be doing to lift his side ahead of those two matches Klopp said he would be getting back to basics.

“Working, talking, thinking probably first, and then talking to the boys, and then coaching them and helping them – and then we go again,” he said. 

But there are more worries on the injury front. Winger Diaz hurt his left knee and left Emirates Stadium on crutches and wearing a brace.

Diaz went down in pain after a challenge from Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey in the first half and the Colombia international was taken off in the 42nd minute.

Right back Alexander-Arnold also left the match with an injury at halftime after Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli caught the England international on the ankle as he followed through after a cross.

Klopp said both players were “not good.”

“He will have a scan and then we will know more,” Klopp said of Diaz. “I have no idea about the extent and then on top of that Trent is bad as well with the ankle.

“Trent never, in seven years, went off if he could have played on. He was in too much pain, it started swelling immediately, so we will have to see.”



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