Trent Alexander-Arnold could be fit for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Watford later this month, according to journalist James Pearce.
The Lowdown: Trent a big miss
The Reds played out an unforgettable 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday, with so much quality on show. Alexander-Arnold was ruled out with a groin injury, though, so James Milner had to fill in at right-back in what was a tough game for him.
Liverpool missed the 22-year-old’s attacking quality throughout as the veteran struggled up against Phil Foden, but the hope is that he is back in contention after the international break.
The Latest: Pearce gives key update
That is certainly the opinion of Pearce, who conducted a Q&A for The Athletic before Sunday’s match and said that he is hopeful Alexander-Arnold will be fit for the trip to Watford on October 16
When asked if the 22-year-old would be back for the visit to Vicarage Road, the journalist replied: “That’s the hope as long as everything goes to plan with his treatment and rehab.”
The Verdict: Most creative player
Alexander-Arnold is a remarkable footballer and Liverpool simply aren’t the same team when he isn’t available.
That showed in the first half against Man City, with the right-back arguably the Reds’ most creative figure, spraying passes, created goals and whipping crosses into the box. That was often nowhere to be seen yesterday as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated their opponents in the opening 45 minutes.
Alexander-Arnold’s return to the team will be vital, with all due respect to Milner, with his quality giving Liverpool’s attacking game an extra dimension.
In other news, some Liverpool fans were unhappy with one player’s performance against Manchester City. Read more here.
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