The bad news is that Trent Alexander-Arnold is, like Xherdan Shaqiri before him, returning from international duty early due to injury. The good news is that he didn’t actually pick up the injury he’s coming back with while on international duty.
In fact, Alexander-Arnold apparently picked up what’s being reported now as a back injury against Burnley ten days ago—and played through it such was the importance of Liverpool’s next two matches against Bayern Munich and Fulham.
And while England’s next two fixtures, qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, are potentially important, the consensus was that the player would be best served by being given the international break to rest and recover.
From a Liverpool point of view, this is especially heartening news—and it suggests that, more than perhaps in the past, the current England management team will be looking out for the best interest of their players on the health and fitness front.
In the immediate, that should further be seen as good news for Liverpool and the club’s fans with Jordan Henderson still expected to join up with the national team despite his recent injury.