Wednesday, October 27, 2021

HEY ARNOLD Liverpool’s injury spike as Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training and will return to Watford after missing Man City

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TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD will return this weekend against Watford to give Liverpool a huge boost after missing the last two games due to injury.

Alexander-Arnold, 23, missed the 5-1 demolition of Porto in the Champions League by Liverpool and the exciting 2-2 draw against title rivals Manchester City before the international break.

The full-back was also unavailable for England’s World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary with the same groin problem, having missed the European Championship this summer as well.

The Liverpool Academy’s product has been in good shape so far this season, providing three assists in its six games before briefly standing on the sidelines.

Liverpool’s versatile midfielder James Milner was a right-back in his absence but had a tough game against Man City’s Phil Foden and should have been sent off in the second half of the pitch.

Remaining the only team unbeaten in the league, the Reds will face the Hornets on Vicarage Road on Saturday in what will be new boss Claudio Ranieri’s first game.

Goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho are questionable for the game at Watford. Both are expected to face Paraguay for Brazil on Friday morning.

Liverpool tried to reschedule the game to a 7:45 p.m. kick-off on October 17th to give the South American duo a better chance of making it in time.

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But Watford defied that notion, arguing that the game was less than a fortnight and fans had already made travel arrangements.

Striker Diogo Jota is also likely to be out after an early return from the international match against Portugal complaining of a muscle injury.

Alexander-Arnold’s return to fitness comes at exactly the right time for coach Jürgen Klopp, as his team will also play away against Atletico Madrid and Man Utd in the next few weeks.

Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League, just one point behind leaders Chelsea with 15 and just ahead of rivals Man City, Man Utd and Everton with 14 points each.

The Reds are in contract talks with Mo Salah, whose current contract expires in 2023 and is rumored to be a target for PSG and Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old Egyptian is believed to charge between 300,000 and 380,000 a week, which would make him Liverpool’s top earner by far, with Virgil van Dijk at 220,000 a week.

Liverpool have moved quickly to retain their key players, with Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold signing new deals this summer.

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