Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold hopes to win back his place at right-back for the Premier League title-chasers after returning from injury.
Alexander-Arnold played 13 minutes as a substitute in the 3-0 Premier League win over AFC Bournemouth at the weekend.
That cameo appearance from the bench was his first appearance for the club since sustaining a knee injury against Brighton & Hove Albion at the beginning of January.
Alexander-Arnold missed games against Crystal Palace, Leicester City and West Ham United, but is now hoping to prove himself indispensable to Jurgen Klopp once again.
Speaking to the club’s official website during a warm-weather training camp in Marbella, he said: “I feel good; it was good to get a bit of fitness in there at the weekend and that’ll help me get back to full fitness and to push on and hopefully start a few games in the next few weeks.
“It was something I’ve never really experienced before in being injured.
“It was something new and something to get my head around, so it was tough to me. But it’s thanks to the manager, the physios and the medical department in helping me get back so quickly – ahead of schedule.”
Liverpool will take any piece of good news they can get their hands on.
Klopp’s men righted the ship against Bournemouth after a mini blip that saw them record back-to-back draws with Leicester and West Ham.
Their results have seen Manchester City overhaul them at the top of the Premier League table on goal difference but they remain level on points and Liverpool have a game in hand.
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Alexander-Arnold’s return, then, comes at the perfect time. He has been integral to the way the Reds have played, with his driving runs forward and defensive discipline.
Indeed, his performances for the club have been rewarded with a total of five England caps and, at the age of 20, he is already a key member of Klopp’s starting XI.
The sooner he is back in the team the better it will be for Liverpool as they bid to pip Pep Guardiola’s champions to the title.