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Liverpool injury may stop Jurgen Klopp from unleashing weapon that could swing title race

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"He played a top game, had now the situation where he is now back but also since he's been back we've had these different types of training sessions because we play all the time, so we had no real sessions where he can feel the game again."

The Scotland skipper played over 90 minutes for the first time since the 2-2 draw with Brighton back in early October before being withdrawn for Kostas Tsimikas, who has also been suffering with injury since before Christmas.

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The Greece defender was in form and was contributing as a stand-in for Robertson for the best part of two months before sustaining a broken collarbone in the draw with Arsenal on December 23.

So the sight of both Robertson and Tsimikas in the same matchday squad for the first time since that game at the Amex on October 8 was a welcome boost for a manager who has spent the campaign seemingly plugging gaps and filling holes with regards to the injuries within his ranks.

The good news was furthered by Trent-Alexander Arnold registering his 58th assist to become the all-time leading supplier from defence in Premier League history.

But given the fluctuating fortunes of Liverpool's full-backs, it was no surprise when some bad news arrived at the break in the shape of Alexander-Arnold, who has suffered a recurrence of the knee complaint that kept him sidelined for close to a month since the FA Cup win over Arsenal on January 7.

"Same area in the knee,” said Klopp.

For such influential areas of the pitch for Klopp - the manager who helped redefine the importance of full-backs and how they are viewed within the game through his use of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson - it's been a season of reacting to the problems that have flared up in those specific roles.

Of Liverpool's 5,130 minutes, the pair have featured for just 511 of those together on the same pitch and, with Alexander-Arnold once more hampered by that knee issue and Robertson still on the comeback trail after so long out, it might be some time before both are ready to contribute at full pelt together once more.

But rather than lament the inability to field them as a pairing, that the two defenders with a combined tally 115 Premier League assists could still yet give Liverpool an added dimension for the final months of the campaign is something Klopp might very well take inspiration from.

Having Alexander-Arnold and Robertson fit and ready for the run-in is a mouthwatering prospect as they duel it out for that particular piece of Premier League assist-making history between now and the end of the term.
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