Alexander-Arnold Is Racing Against The Clock To Be Fit For Liverpool Clash With Title Rivals Manchester City

The England right-back is expected to miss Saturday’s meeting with Watford at Anfield and next Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg away to Benfica due to the hamstring injury he sustained against Arsenal prior to the international break.

The game with Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad on April 10 is viewed as a possible comeback date for the 23-year-old.

Sources have indicated, however, that the trip to City would still represent a quick return to action given the nature of the problem.

Alexander-Arnold, who has been doing his rehab at Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex, has some important hurdles to clear in the coming week before he is given the green light to resume full training at Kirkby.

A sense of optimism is fuelled by the fact that he has previously returned earlier than expected from injury setbacks but Jurgen Klopp won’t take any risks with his most creative player.

Alexander-Arnold, who was forced to drop out of the England squad for the games against Switzerland and Ivory Coast, has made 11 assists in the Premier League this season — more than any other player.

Joe Gomez, who deputised admirably at right-back for the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest, is likely to retain his place until Alexander-Arnold returns.

Liverpool face a potentially season-defining April as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.

Naby Keita withdrew from the Guinea squad last week due to a knee problem he picked up against Forest but that issue is understood to be minor.

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