Trent Alexander-Arnold revealed that he was ‘fit and healthy to play for Liverpool in pre-season. The right-back was ruled out of the Euro 2020 after he suffered a thigh injury in a warmup game against Austria. He has recovered from the injury ever since and believes he will play in the scheduled friendlies against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart.
“[I’m] fully pain-free. I’ve been doing a lot of rehabs when we were off over the summer with the physios and the medical staff, which was good for me,” Trent Alexander-Arnold said about playing for Liverpool. “I feel fit, I feel healthy and I’m back in full training now, so it’s good. It’s good for me. I’ve done quite a few sessions with the lads now, I feel fit enough to play.”
“But the decision comes from the manager, the staff, and obviously the medical staff, they need to talk and see if it’s worth the risk,” he added. “If not, there’s a game on Friday as well, so whether it’s a case of a few minutes on Tuesday and play a bit more on Friday, ease me in like that, who knows? Either way, I’ll be ready to play.”
A number of Liverpool defenders are recovering from injuries. The most notable absentee for the reds was Virgil van Dijk. Like his compatriot, he missed the Euros as well and is looking to get back to playing at the earliest.
“In and around the team, he’s such a big difference for us,” said Alexander-Arnold. “Amazing guy, amazing player. But the impact he has on us is huge, he knows that himself and knows the role he needs to play within the team, as a leader and as one of the captains. He’s a big part of the team and everyone is really pleased to see him back training and in and around the team.”