With the latest international break coming to a close and the return of Premier League action on the horizon, Liverpool will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league with a trip to Watford on Saturday.
Their previous league match saw Jurgen Klopp’s side draw 2-2 against Manchester City in which they had right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold out with an injury.
Looking ahead to the clash against Watford, it seems as though the Merseyside club have had some good news come their way.
It has recently been reported that Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota, who had some injury issues during his time away with Portugal recently, are both now expected to be available for the match against the Hornets.
This will surely be exactly what Klopp and the Liverpool fans will be wanting to hear ahead of a return to Premier League action.
Alexander-Arnold missed the Reds’ matches against FC Porto and Manchester City before the international break due to a muscle issue. He has managed to provide two assists in five league appearances, racked up more key passes per game (4.2) and more crosses per game (3.4) than any other Reds player in the league this season. That shows just how much of an attacking threat he has been for the team from the right-back position and demonstrates why his return is such a boost.
Additionally, with only Mohamed Salah (8.07/10) having a higher overall season rating than Alexander-Arnold (7.81/10) in the league according to WhoScored, it explains how impressive his overall performances have been so far in this campaign and why fans will be delighted to see him back against Watford.
Regarding Jota, the fact that he has appeared in all of Liverpool’s seven league games so far this season and has managed to score three goals in the process proves how much of a useful attacking outlet he has been for Klopp, who will undoubtedly be thrilled to have both him and Alexander-Arnold in the squad again.
Looking ahead to their clash with the Hornets in what will be Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge of the Hertfordshire side, we feel that if the duo are 100% fit to play, then they should both be included in the manager’s starting XI to give the team the best chance of picking up all three points.
Both figureheads are influential members of the team and Liverpool will no doubt be stronger as a result of their place in the starting XI.