Trent Alexander-Arnold has trained regularly this week, according to Jurgen Klopp, but the Liverpool manager acknowledged he would need to make a judgment about his vice-captain’s readiness this weekend.
After leaving the field early in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Aston Villa before the international break, Alexander-Arnold has been absent from the team’s last four games.
Initially, it was anticipated that the 24-year-old would just be out for two weeks due to a minor hamstring strain. His rehabilitation has taken longer than anticipated, though.
Klopp provided an upbeat update on Alexander-Arnold before of his team’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night. He also provided updates on the health of Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara, and Conor Bradley.
He told reporters: “Trent trained yesterday normal and will train today normal, and then we have to make a decision.
“He will be in the squad, I’m not a doctor so cannot make that decision, but it looks like he can be in the squad tomorrow and play.
“Stefan had a little, little setback. The problem with Stefan is I can imagine everyone wants to see him play more – I want – but we have to be really careful. And now it’s a little, little, little tiny calf issue. That’s how it is when you are six months out.
“And we try everything to get him up to speed without pushing him. We make a very specific plan for him but in the end it’s disappointing for him, of course, but for us as well that he got another one.
“So we have to take him out a little bit. He can work on pretty much everything else but not playing. That’s it, I would say.
The journey to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Liverpool is expected to be their most difficult test of the season.
Spurs are presently fourth in the table, two points behind Liverpool, with both Klopp and Ange Postecoglou’s teams undefeated thus far in 2023/24.
Addressing the challenge that awaits Liverpool on Saturday evening, Klopp said: “Spurs is a tough test, we’ve not played an easy game yet, away at Newcastle, Chelsea really tough. All aways have been tough.
“Spurs doing well, Ange seems a top bloke, looking forward to meeting him. I think [fans] were all desperate for offensive football, he’s doing it.”