Liverpool legend claims Arsenal star to blame for TAA injury

Date published: Tuesday 22nd March 2022 10:23 - Will Ford

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gabriel Martinelli

Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson claims Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli is to blame for Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury.

Jurgen Klopp revealed last week that the full-back picked up a hamstring problem in their clash with Arsenal and will therefore miss England’s upcoming games against Switzerland and Ivory Coast.

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Alexander-Arnold has been in stunning form this season, claiming 17 assists in all competitions, but had a testing game up against Martinelli.

There have been some suggestions that the Liverpool full-back’s injury is well timed in that he can now miss the upcoming England fixtures.

But Lawrenson dismissed those claims, instead believing Martinelli’s “twisting and turning” was the cause of the problem.

He told Off The Ball’s YouTube channel: “No! He’s injured, isn’t he?

“He probably got injured because flipping Martinelli was twisting and turning him all sorts of different ways in the Arsenal game.”

Martinelli has been in excellent form for Arsenal, earning the praises of players, pundits, fans and his manager.

Alexander-Arnold’s fellow Reds full-back Andy Robertson admitted after the 2-0 win over the Gunners that the Brazilian and teammate Bukayo Saka were formidable opponents.

“Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are really hard work,” Robertson said.

“It was a really tough game. It was great to have a clean sheet.”

But Martinelli isn’t getting carried away and insists his “focus” is on getting his side in the top four.

“We have a young group, we have a lot of time ahead of us, players with a lot of quality, I think we will achieve great things,” Martinelli said

“Our focus is the Champions League. Fighting for that top four. A club like Arsenal has to be in the Champions League. It’s our total focus.

“We always want more. Of course, Arsenal are a giant team.

“If I can, I’ll stay here my whole life. I want to conquer things, as I said, I want to stay here and win titles, with these wonderful fans, my teammates.”

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