Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has offered a fitness update, after cruelly being denied a place at Euro 2020 through injury.
The England international had been at the centre of public debate regarding his inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad, many fans and pundits alike fearing that he would not be involved, having been omitted during the March international break.
While he did an earn a spot in the Three Lions’ European Championship’s squad – as one of four right-back’s selected – the 22-year-old was ultimately forced to withdraw just eight days before the start of the tournament, after picking up a thigh injury in the latter stages of England’s warm-up win over Austria.
That unfortunate withdrawal comes at the end of what was a turbulent campaign for the Champions League winner, as he overcame a somewhat stuttering start to the season to produce a string of stunning displays in the closing months, as the Reds secured an unlikely third place finish.
With the new season now just over a month away, the attacking full-back will be hoping to get himself back fit and available, as Jurgen Klopp’s men prepare to improve upon a frustrating, albeit injury-hit, defence of their Premier League title.
While Alexander-Arnold has admitted his disappointment at missing out on the ongoing tournament, he has revealed he is gradually stepping up his recovery and is aiming to be ready for the start of the new season.
“Every day is a new step, every day is getting better and getting fitter,” he told the BBC.
“Going into pre-season will be good. Having a few weeks’ rest, hitting the season and pushing on from there.
“It’s disappointing for me personally not to be there but it still puts a smile on my face seeing the lads doing well, going far and seeing the nation get behind them.
“The support everywhere has been amazing. To see that and know all the lads, having been there for a few weeks, I know they’re going to do them proud.”