Liverpool have had some positive news about Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of pre-season training, according to reports. Injury ruled the full-back out of Euro 2020 this week.
This comes from the Mirror. They say Trent Alexander-Arnold should return in time for pre-season training this summer.
Alexander-Arnold picked up a thigh injury with England this week. It’s serious enough to keep him out for four to six weeks, meaning he missed the Euros.
It’s a massive blow for him, especially after all the debate around his inclusion.
We were excited for his inclusion, too, even from a Liverpool perspective. We saw it as a chance for Alexander-Arnold to continue his incredible late-season form into the next campaign.
The Scouser had a fantastic end to the season, seemingly motivated from his England snub in March. The Euros offered a chance at momentum to carry his displays over.
Instead, he’ll miss the tournament. But this latest news is the best-case scenario in truth.
Alexander-Arnold to make pre-season training
As we wrote right after the injury, the worry was that this would also rule Alexander-Arnold out of pre-season. That would be a disaster.
Instead, it appears he may even get the entire pre-season with Liverpool. That would be a blessing.
We’re coming off arguably the most physically gruelling season in history, after all. The 38-game campaign was squeezed into a shorter time – not to mention the strange covid-hit pre-season.
Every senior player needs rest. Most won’t get it, unfortunately, as they compete at the Euros or Copa America. Let alone those who will then go to the Olympics.
So while this is a blow for Alexander-Arnold, it does work in Liverpool’s favour. The 22-year-old will be well-rested going into next season when most elite players aren’t.
Perhaps that gives him the necessary advantage to continue his fantastic form after all.