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Alexander-Arnold absence hits Liverpool ahead of Porto and Man City matches

The Reds right-back was not among the travelling party that headed off to Portugal on Monday evening, and could face a race against time to face Manchester City

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Klopp calls for defensive improvements from Liverpool at Porto

Trent Alexander-Arnold has not travelled with Liverpool for their Champions League clash with Porto.

The Reds right-back was not among the travelling party that headed off to Portugal on Monday evening, and the Liverpool Echo report that he could now face a race against time to be fit for the Premier League visit of Manchester City this weekend.

Alexander-Arnold was seen in the Reds’ training session at their Kirkby base earlier on Monday, with the club yet to confirm whether or not the England international has picked up an injury.

The full-back did face Brentford in the Premier League last Saturday, but prior to that he missed the home victory over Crystal Palace and was rested for the Carabao Cup trip to Norwich.

James Milner was his replacement in the clash with the Eagles, and although young Northern Irishman Conor Bradley played at right-back against Norwich, Wales international Neco Williams has now returned to full fitness and is with the squad in Portugal.



Alexander-Arnold was seen in training on Monday
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Joe Gomez is another option to play at right-back, although he could move across to the centre of defence after Joel Matip struggled at Brentford.

Liverpool go into the game on top of their Champions League group having beaten AC Milan 3-2 at Anfield two weeks ago, while Porto played out a goalless draw at Atletico Madrid.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to the clash, and thinks his side will face a tough contest despite a strong recent record against Porto, where they have scored nine goals in their last two visits.









“Porto always change a little bit because they obviously have players going out and players coming in,” he said.

“Still the same manager. It’s not an advantage at all that we won the last two games there, absolutely not, because you only have to think of yourself in the position of the opponent – the first thing you want to do is make sure similar things will not happen again.

“So that makes the job not easier for us. But it’s not about that, we are not like that, we don’t think about the last two games we played there, we think about this game.



Alexander-Arnold may struggle to face Manchester City on Sunday
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They obviously have different opportunities to set up, line-up-wise, system-wise, and we have to prepare for that.”

Klopp also confirmed that Alexander-Arnold has been added to the club’s senior players’ committee for this season, and will take on a captaincy role when required.

“The [most senior] three are obviously Hendo [Jordan Henderson], Millie [Milner] and Virg [Virgil van Dijk], and then the next most votes were Trent, Robbo [Andy Robertson] and Alisson Becker.

“Obviously we had a problem last year from time to time that so many players couldn’t play that we had no-one in the players’ committee available [to captain], so I thought it made sense to increase this group a little bit, and that’s what we did.”


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