Liverpool start their season on the 12th of September with a visit from newly promoted Leeds United. The Reds will be entering the campaign as defending champions for the first time in 30 years. However, just who starts the season for Jürgen Klopp remains to be seen. The England team selection could impact how Liverpool start the season.
We haven’t seen Trent Alexander-Arnold this summer.
The Scouser in our team has missed our pre-season preparations through injury.
The injury was said to be minor but it was enough to keep him out of the Austria camp and out of the squad to face Arsenal in the Community Shield last week.
Trent has, however, been deemed fit enough for a call up to the England squad.
This weekend England take on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, travelling to Reykjavik for the game.
The following Tuesday the Three Lions will be in Copenhagen to play Denmark in the same competition.
Gareth Southgate has handed out a number of first time call ups, such as Jack Grealish and Conor Coady. He has also retained the core of his squad, including Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
England selection and Liverpool impact
Given that Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t played at all in pre-season, whether or not he plays for England could be crucial.
We don’t know the extent of the Reds’ full back’s injury but if he has been deemed fit enough for international duty then it can’t be deadly serious, he must be presumed fit to play.
It is vital that Trent gets some minutes in the tank before the season starts but it is equally vital that he isn’t forced into playing too much too quickly.
We can’t afford to have Trent exacerbating his injury by playing back to back full 90s for his nation.
Whether or not Alexander-Arnold comes out of the international break unscathed could impact the Liverpool start to the season. Will we have Neco Williams starting our first game or will it be Trent?