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Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted over the weekend (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted over the weekend (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Trent Alexander-Arnold was substituted over the weekend (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Liverpool have moved to play down reports that full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold faces a month on the sidelines, as he prepares his recovery form the calf injury he picked up in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

Alexander-Arnold has pulled out of the England squad for the game against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, yet Liverpool will be hoping his injury is not as bad has been reported.

However, the club have dampened down suggestions that the 22-year-old will be out for four weeks, missing matches against current Premier League leaders Leicester, Atalanta, Ajax, Brighton and Wolves.

It is understood the club believe such a prognosis is premature and speculative at this stage, but he may face a race against time to be back in time for Liverpool's next game against Premier League leader Leicester on November 21st.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his annoyance at Alexander-Arnold's injury after the game at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, as he claimed the volume of games is pushing his players to their physical limit.

"If we continue like this and hopefully we can play a Euros in the summer, if they happen, let’s see who will be part of that, which players," said Klopp, clearly suggesting some key England players will be absent from that tournament due to fatigue and related injuries.

"Everybody needs to go on the table. It’s fine we found the solution to play on, that’s great, but now we cannot stop thinking. We have to start thinking new. We cannot play this many games."

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