Jurgen Klopp confirms Trent Alexander-Arnold is out of Liverpool trip to Man City

Trent Alexander-Arnold will not return at the weekend (Picture: Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold will not return from injury in time for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday, confirms Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds manager has ruled out both the England right-back and Thiago Alcantara from the huge match with the Premier League champions, expecting both to return after the upcoming international break.

Alexander-Arnold missed the comfortable 5-1 win over Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night, but there had been hope that he could return at the weekend, although that has now been extinguished due to his ongoing muscle problem.

Asked if there was an update on the fitness of Alexander-Arnold and Thiago, Klopp told The Athletic: ‘No.

‘No “news” means they are doing well but they won’t have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break.

‘But we have a good team so we still have solutions and we have to use them and yeah, after the international break the boys will be back I think.’

Klopp has started the same XI in the last two games – the 3-3 draw with Brentford and the mauling of Porto – and could be tempted to make it three on the bounce against City.

James Milner has been filling in for Alexander-Arnold at right-back and should keep his place, although Roberto Firmino will be hoping for a return to the starting XI after coming off the bench and scoring twice against Porto.

Liverpool’s only other injury problem is long-term absentee Harvey Elliott, who will be out for months after suffering an ankle fracture-dislocation against Leeds United earlier this month.

The meeting with Man City at Anfield is at 4.30pm on Sunday, with the Premier League champions only likely to be missing Ilkay Gundogan due to a thigh injury.

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