Liverpool have been handed a significant blow with Jordan Henderson potentially ruled out until the start of February.
The England international damaged the hamstring in his right leg during Friday’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal.
Henderson underwent a scan and the tear in the muscle is grade two level, meaning he will be absent for the next four weeks at least – ruling him out of six games including the FA Cup third-round clash with Everton at Anfield next week plus the League game with Manchester City on January 14.
It is understood Liverpool’s captain is distraught over the setback, as it could not have come at a worse time. He knew something was wrong when he pulled up sharply at The Emirates and is resigned to now beginning a period of rehabilitation.
Klopp is just as frustrated as Henderson by the setback as he believed the midfielder – who has suffered varying injuries over the past two seasons, including a broken metatarsal and damaged medial ligaments – was getting close to his peak form.
He will, at least, be ready for the Champions League last-16 tie with FC Porto in February and the aim for Klopp’s team in 2018, according to Trent Alexander-Arnold, is to win one of the two tournaments and secure Liverpool’s first piece of silverware since 2012.
Alexander-Arnold enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a superb performance against Swansea, one that was glossed with what a first senior goal at Anfield for his boyhood club, a moment he said he had “dreaming about since I was a little kid”.
That is not the ceiling of his ambitions, though. After making huge strides over the last 12 months, from winning his first England Under-21 caps to signing a long-term professional contract, the 18-year-old wants 2018 to be even better.
‘As a team it is just to win silverware,’ said Alexander-Arnold. ‘For the fans and everyone associated with the club they want to see silver back at Anfield and that is a really big target for us all. I am really proud of how the last year has gone.
‘It started well in January with the (debut) Manchester United game and I’ve pushed on really well since then. To be doing what I’m doing now is a dream come true. It all came from the manager’s trust and every time I get that chance I try to repay him on the pitch.’