Jurgen Klopp issues injury update on Alexander-Arnold ahead of Champions League clash

Liverpool have been handed a massive boost ahead of their Champions League quarter final first leg against Benfica as Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is ‘fully fit’ for the tie.

The Liverpool defender suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium before the international break. As a result, he was forced to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad for the friendly clash against Switzerland and Ivory Coast.

And there were fears that the injury could keep him sidelined for a significant period beyond their clash with Manchester City on April 10th, but it seems as though those fears were unfounded.

‘Trent trained yesterday and looks really good but I think it’s sensible to keep him on the bench’, Klopp told the media ahead of his side’s clash with Watford. ‘He is ready to come on.’ He is fully fit’.

Liverpool’s important link returns

Looking at the Liverpool squad, Alexander-Arnold is arguably the one player that Klopp’s side do not have a replacement for, with Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz’s arrivals in the past eight months easing the reliance on Mo Salah and Virgil Van Dijk.

However, Joe Gomez is currently the stand-in replacement for Alexander-Arnold, a defender whose career has stalled somewhat after an impressive stint in central defense and a man who seems, on the surface, ill-suited to the right-back berth.

Certainly, he lacks the creative gifts that Alexander-Arnold possesses, although he may be more sound defensively than his compatriot.

Nonetheless, Liverpool will be overjoyed to see their starting right-back return in time for their clash with Manchester City in a potential Premier League title decider.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
2 Liverpool FC 29 55 69
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 29 8 50
7 West Ham United 30 10 48
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 30 5 46
9 Aston Villa 29 1 36
10 Leicester City 27 -4 36
11 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 29 -10 33
14 Newcastle United 29 -17 31
15th Brentford FC 30 -14 30
16 Leeds United 30 -33 29
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 13
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 13
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michael West Ham United 8

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