Trent Alexander-Arnold, Faces Nail-Biting Wait Ahead of Man City Clash Amid Controversial Allegations
Tonight, at 19.45 GMT, Liverpool and Manchester City will have to endure a “nervous wait” as England travels to North Macedonia.
The Three Lions, who have already secured their place in the competition for next year, compete in their final 2024 European Championship qualifier. Gareth Southgate has set a goal for England to become the top-ranked team in the world, but he will want to see his team win again after struggling to a 2-0 success over Malta at Wembley last Friday.
The manager of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, will undoubtedly be hoping that Trent Alexander-Arnold emerges from the match uninjured in advance of Saturday’s Premier League matchup between City and Liverpool (12.30 GMT). Against Malta, Alexander-Arnold played in a midfield role for England, and as he gets more comfortable in the position, he might use it again.
Kyle Walker, Jack Grealish, Rico Lewis, Phil Foden, and Kalvin Phillips are among City’s England players. But in North Macedonia, there are concerns regarding the pitch. After a 1-1 match in September, Italy protested about the turf at the Tose Proeski stadium, which prompted a turf replacement six weeks ago. “Premier League club officials are aware of surface-level concerns and are now nervously hoping their players do not return with injuries,” according to The Telegraph.
Eljif Elmas, a midfielder for North Macedonia, said to RAI Sport following the team’s 1-1 tie with Italy earlier this year: “It is a great result, because we played on a frankly shameful pitch.” All of Europe and all Italians have my sincerest apologies. On a pitch like this, football cannot be played. Italy was not the only country that faced difficulties due to it.
For the crucial match against City, Liverpool will already be without their first-choice left-back, Andy Robertson. Klopp will be hoping that Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch (knee), and Ibrahima Konate (hamstring) can all make a comeback.
Erling Haaland, Ederson, Nathan Ake, and Mateo Kovacic have all left their international positions with their respective countries—Holland, Brazil, Croatia, and Norway—according to the city. Although Haaland has been experiencing ankle soreness, he is anticipated to be available to play against Liverpool.