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Trent Alexander-Arnold desperate to start for Liverpool against Leeds United

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander has admitted he is desperate to start for the Premier League champions as Jurgen Klopp and his team begin their title defence against Leeds United on Saturday.

Alexander-Arnold, 21, is fit and eager to participate despite missing the majority of Liverpool’s pre-season preparations following a minor injury.

The West-Derby defender recently benefitted having got games under his belt following his involvement in both of England’s recent Nations League fixtures against Iceland and Denmark.

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 08: Trent Alexander-Arnold of England reacts during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between Denmark and England at Parken Stadium on September 08, 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool have played four fixtures ahead of the Anfield season opener at the weekend and Alexander-Arnold has featured in none of them.

Neco Williams has deputised in the Englishman’s absence at right-back and the Wales international even started during Liverpool’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal.

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However, despite not featuring for Liverpool since the final match of the 2019/20 campaign in July, Alexander-Arnold is adamant he is fit and ready to play.

 

Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, he said: “Obviously I’m enthusiastic and eager to play every game that I can. It’s not in my hands whether I do play or I don’t, I’m just always trying to be available to play, be as fit as possible, make sure I recover right and make sure I’m ready if I am told to play.

“I have played a few games over the last few years, so it’s about maintaining those levels and trying to make sure I stay injury-free and keep pushing on.”

Liverpool’s English defender Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on July 22, 2020. (Photo by PHIL NOBLE / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PHIL NOBLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Simply put, if Alexander-Arnold is fit he has to start.

The England international is Liverpool’s best creative weapon and his absence during the Wembley defeat to Arsenal was stark as Klopp’s team lacked their usual attacking edge without Alexander-Arnold.

Williams has demonstrated that he is a more than able cover option and with time the 19-year-old could become a real force at the club yet it is almost impossible for there not to be a drop-off when deputising for the best full-back in world football.

Alexander-Arnold clocked up a staggering 15 assists in all competitions last season and his influence under Klopp have seen the academy graduate totally transform the concept of a modern-day right-back.

His involvement with Gareth Southgate and England will have got Alexander-Arnold back up to speed and we are primed and ready when Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds are in town on Saturday.

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