TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD is set to return against Watford this weekend in a huge boost for Liverpool after missing the last two matches through injury.
Alexander-Arnold, 23, was absent for Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Porto in the Champions League and their thrilling 2-2 draw with title rivals Manchester City before the international break.
Alexander-Arnold is expected to return to the Liverpool starting XI against Watford on Saturday[/caption]
The full-back was also unavailable for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary with the same groin issue, having also missed out on the Euros this summer.
The Liverpool academy product had been in good form so far this season, notching up three assists in his six appearances before his short spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool’s versatile midfielder James Milner deputised at right-back in his absence, but had a tough game up against Man City’s Phil Foden and arguably should have been sent off in the second half.
The Reds remain the only side unbeaten in the league and will take on the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Saturday in what will be new boss Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge.
Goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho are doubts for the Watford game, with both likely to feature for Brazil against Paraguay on Friday morning.
Liverpool tried to have the game moved to a 7.45pm kick-off on 17 October to give the South American duo a better chance of making it in time.
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But Watford opposed this notion, arguing that there was less than a fortnight before the game and supporters had already made travel arrangements.
In-form striker Diogo Jota will also likely miss out after returning home early from international duty with Portugal, complaining of a muscle injury.
Alexander-Arnold’s return to fitness has come at just the right time for boss Jurgen Klopp, with his side also due to face both Atletico Madrid and Man Utd away from home in the next couple of weeks.
Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League, just one point behind leaders Chelsea on 15 and narrowly ahead of rivals Man City, Man Utd and Everton, each on 14.
The Reds are engaged in contract talks with Mo Salah, whose current deal runs out in 2023 and he is rumoured to be a target for PSG and Real Madrid.
The 29-year-old Egyptian is thought to be asking for between 300k and 380k-per-week, which would make him by far Liverpool’s highest earner, with Virgil van Dijk on 220k-per-week.
Liverpool have moved swiftly to tie down their key players, with Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold all signing new contracts in the summer.
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken in glowing terms of his right-back[/caption]