Key Liverpool player a doubt to face Tottenham – Klopp

Key Liverpool player a doubt to face Tottenham – Klopp

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Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is a doubt to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Alexander-Arnold pulled out of the England squad to face the Czech Republic and Montenegro with a back problem.

And while Klopp believes the right-back could return to full training this week, the German has said Alexander-Arnold wants to be fully fit before playing.

“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,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.

“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.

“For him, it was really important that he could do the rehab and not being in normal training all the time.

“Hopefully [between] tomorrow and Thursday he can be back in full training and then it should be fine.”

Alexander-Arnold has been a key figure for Liverpool this season and the Reds have often  been forced to use players such as James Milner out of position to cover when he is unavailable.

As a result, Spurs will be looking to take advantage of Alexander-Arnold’s potential absence on Sunday.

Perhaps Mauricio Pochettino will deploy Son Heung-min or Lucas Moura in a wide left position to exploit Milner’s lack of pace.

If Alexander-Arnold is fit, Son could join Harry Kane up front to provide a quicker threat through the middle.

Meanwhile, Tottenham could be without Eric Dier who also returned to his club because of injury during the international break.

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