Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed the extent to which he had to patch himself up to play in the game against Brighton and Hove Albion, considering that the team was already playing with Fabinho in central defence.
The Reds were facing the prospect of losing their full-back as well, for the game against Brighton and considering they needed to get all three points to stay ahead, couldn’t afford to play a more makeshift defence than they already were.
The player has now revealed the extent to which he patched himself up to play in the game, using strapping and painkillers to get him through the game.
“I told the manager and the medical staff I needed a strapping and a few painkillers and I’d be good to go,” he said, according to Goal.
“As the game goes on you forget about it.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp also revealed that he was shocked to learn that even his full back was injured during warm up, but praised the player and the medical staff for a job well done.
“I have no idea [how serious the injury is], we have to figure it out now. It was a shock in that moment – probably the last situation of the warm-up,” said Klopp.
“He is on the ground, he wants to play. Because he doesn’t speak immediately that’s not so good.
“We have to wait to see what it is now. But it was a brilliant decision of the doc and Trent. They told me he could play and he played well.”
It remains to be seen if playing the full 90 minutes will cause problems in the long term for the full back, but for now, the team would be happy they got all three points.