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Trent Alexander-Arnold eyes Man United clash for return as Klopp plots revenge

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is stepping up his recovery and growing increasingly confident of a return for their Premier League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 7, per The Mirror.

The right-back has been battling with injuries since January. He was first sidelined with a lateral knee ligament injury before suffering a setback in early February.

The 25-year-old has now intensified his training at the club’s Kirkby base during the international break. 

Manager Jurgen Klopp is optimistic about Alexander-Arnold’s progress and sees the trip to Old Trafford as a realistic target for his return.

Conor Bradley has been an able deputy in the absence of the England international. But Alexander-Arnold is a world-class footballer blessed with the ingenious ability to unlock the tightest defences in a cross and should reclaim his place.

There is also a strong possibility that Klopp may decide to accommodate both men, with Alexander-Arnold operating in midfield.

Alexander-Arnold’s return would be a major boost for Liverpool, eager for revenge following the heartbreaking 4-3 FA Cup defeat to United last weekend. 

Klopp is keen to have his senior players available for the upcoming league fixture after battling a slew of injuries. 

Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz pulled out of action for their countries, while Ibrahima Konate has been sidelined for weeks. Alisson Becker has also been missing in action.

There’s a slight possibility Alexander-Arnold could be fit for the home game against Sheffield United three days prior. However, the focus remains on ensuring his full recovery for the United clash. 

Due to the ongoing knee issue, the defender will miss England’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Despite not always being the first choice for England at right-back, Alexander-Arnold’s impressive form for Liverpool this season makes him a strong contender for Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad for the upcoming European Championships.

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