Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold. Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Image
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t think “it will be possible” for Trent Alexander-Arnold to represent England during next month’s international break - and has all but ruled him out of Liverpool’s crunch clash with Manchester City.
The right-back missed the Reds’ 5-1 demolition of Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night because of a groin strain.
James Milner deputised in his absence.
With City visiting Anfield on Sunday, the encounter will come too soon for Alexander-Arnold.
And Klopp thinks it wouldn’t be wise for the 22-year-old to link up with the Three Lions for their World Cup qualifiers against Andorra (October 9) and Hungary (October 12).
The Liverpool boss said: “Trent, anyway, in the middle of the session felt his adductor and in that area, he has now a little injury.
“Obviously when you have something with your muscle, it's not likely for Sunday - no muscle injury heals that quick.
“After that, it's internationals. I don't want to make the decision for him but what I heard, I don't think it will be possible for him to be with the national team - but the other people have to decide that in the end.
“But hopefully after that, he will be ready again, but we don't know exactly.”
Relishing City test
Liverpool ran riot in Porto yet again, having won their previous trips to the Estadio do Dragao 4-1 and 5-0 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino both notched doubles while Sadio Mane was also on target to maintain the Reds’ perfect start of their Champions League campaign.
It was the ideal way to head into their meeting with Premier League champions Man City, who lost 2-0 to Paris Saint-Germain.
Klopp insists Liverpool will need “complete performance” to defeat Pep Guardiola’s troops.
He added: “We need a complex and complete performance against them to have a chance only and that's it. But I'm really looking forward to it, I'm looking forward to playing at home again after a while.
“We have to work hard, we had to work hard in all the games we had - tonight, last Saturday, which is only three days ago, it's really tough.
“But now we have two days more to the City game, which will be helpful, and then we will be fresh again and then give it a go. That's it.”
Jordan Henderson marked his 400th Liverpool appearance with a fine win.
Signed from Sunderland in 2011, the midfielder has captained the Reds to Champions League and Premier League glory during his time on Merseyside.
He’s now targeting more success.
“I can’t really describe the feeling, I still get the feeling every time I put the shirt on,” Henderson told BT Sport.
“I try to give my all for this club every single day. So when I put the shirt on every game, it’s an honour and I don’t take it for granted. To do it 400 times so far is pretty special.
“But I feel as though I’ve still got a lot left to contribute to this club and hopefully I can do it many more times in the future.”