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Alexander-Arnold eyes return against Man United as Klopp plots revenge

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is increasingly confident of a return for their Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 7 (h/t the Mirror).

The defender has been battling with injuries since January. He was first sidelined with a lateral knee ligament injury before suffering a setback last month.

The 25-year-old has now intensified his training at the club’s Kirkby base during the international break. 

Manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic about Alexander-Arnold’s progress and sees the trip to Old Trafford as a realistic target for his return.

Conor Bradley has been an able deputy, but Alexander-Arnold is a world-class footballer blessed with the ability to unlock the tightest defences and should reclaim his place.

There is also a strong possibility that Klopp may decide to accommodate both players, with Alexander-Arnold operating in midfield.

Alexander-Arnold’s return would be a major boost for Liverpool, who will be eager for revenge following the 4-3 FA Cup defeat to United last weekend. 

Klopp is keen to have his senior players available for the upcoming league fixture after battling a slew of injuries. 

Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz pulled out of action for their countries, while Ibrahima Konate has been sidelined for weeks. Alisson Becker has also been missing,

There’s a slight possibility Alexander-Arnold could be fit for the home game against Sheffield United three days earlier. However, the focus remains on ensuring his full recovery for the United clash. 

Due to the ongoing knee issue, the defender will miss England’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Despite not always being England’s first choice at right back, Alexander-Arnold’s impressive form for Liverpool makes him a strong contender for the upcoming European Championships.

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