Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provided a mixed injury update via the club’s official website on Tuesday, with Xherdan Shaqiri set to be in contention for the clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend but Trent Alexander-Arnold a doubt.
Well, both players missed out on featuring for their countries during the international break, with Shaqiri remaining at Melwood to undergo treatment on an ongoing groin issue, while Alexander-Arnold has hurt his back.
While Klopp said the Swiss attacker “should be fine for the weekend”, he was far more pessimistic on the England international’s chances of making the game against Mauricio Pochettino’s men on Sunday.
The German told liverpoolfc.com: “Trent still feels his back. We are not 100 per cent sure, so we have to watch him. Trent wants to [be] 100 per cent, but we have to see.
“It is a strange one, it’s not an obvious injury that you can say something is broke or whatever, it’s just a bit annoying actually that he cannot feel really free.”
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It could well be.
While Klopp isn’t willing to completely rule out the talented right-back featuring against Spurs, it appears it will be difficult for him to be involved from his latest comments.
That will leave the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a conundrum at right-back, although he will likely call upon the dependable Milner to fill the role.
It is something that the 5 ft 9 star has done on plenty of occasions this season, including against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month, and the reliable utility player is guaranteed to produce a committed and composed display for the title hopefuls.