Liverpool given Trent Alexander-Arnold injury boost but trio remain uncertain

By Paul Gorst

Trent Alexander-Arnold is in line for a Liverpool return on Saturday at Watford.

The right-back missed the games against Porto and Manchester City before the international break with a groin issue and was left out of the England squad as a result.

Alexander-Arnold was back with his colleagues on Tuesday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp and his staff got back to work at their AXA Training base in Kirkby.

The defender was put through his paces alongside the likes of Roberto Firmino, Nat Phillips and James Milner as the non-internationals returned ahead of the visit to Vicarage Road.

Alexander-Arnold was involved in the main session and is expected to form part of the thinking ahead of the trip to Hertfordshire on Saturday lunchtime.

Milner deputised in place of the 23-year-old against Porto and City as the Reds followed up the 5-1 win in Portugal in the Champions League with a thrilling 2-2 draw at Anfield on October 3.

Klopp is known to want his returning players to be involved in at least two full training sessions before they are considered for selection again, meaning Alexander-Arnold has the time to be considered again.

The uncertainty over Alisson Becker and Fabinho's participation at Watford goes on, however.

Both Brazil stars are expected to be in the squad that plays Paraguay at the Amazon's Arena in Manaus in the early hours of Friday morning, UK time.

The game, which kicks off around 35 hours before Liverpool's next Premier League fixture, means it is unlikely that either player will be considered for duty at the weekend, regardless of whether or not they feature in the World Cup qualifier.

Liverpool have yet to comment on the matter with Klopp due to speak to club media later this week, but it is expected that those at Anfield are resigned to losing both for the game given the short turnaround between the matches for club and country.

Liverpool tried to have the match switched to the later time of 7.45pm on October 16 in order to have a better chance of having their Brazilian duo available.

The Hornets, though, opposed the move given there was less than a fortnight before the game and many supporters had already finalised travel arrangements.

Liverpool are also sweating on the fitness of Diogo Jota who was released by Portugal on Tuesday after complaining of a muscle issue.

“Diogo Jota was dismissed by the National Selector, Fernando Santos, after being considered unavailable by the FPF Health and Performance Unit to face Luxembourg, in a meeting to be held this Tuesday," read a Portugal statement.

Curtis Jones, however, should be declared fit after playing over half an hour of England Under-21s 1-0 win over Andorra on Monday evening.

The midfielder supplied the assist for Emile Smith-Rowe after replacing James Garner after 57 minutes at Andorra la Vella.


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