By Kevin Phillips

22nd Mar, 2022 | 7:30am

Liverpool may have exaggerated Trent Alexander-Arnold injury after journalist's update - expert

Liverpool may have exaggerated the extent of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury to prevent him from going away on international duty.

That is the view of former Sunderland and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 23-year-old’s hamstring problem.

Alexander-Arnold was sidelined for Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Speaking to club media (18 March), Jurgen Klopp claimed the England international would be out for “weeks” with the injury.

However, The Athletic‘s James Pearce has since revealed (21 March) that the right-back should be available for most of Liverpool’s fixtures next month.

When asked if the club perhaps didn’t want Alexander-Arnold to go away with England, Phillips told Football Insider: “It’s possible.

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“Only the player and the staff will know that. Who knows what is going on in the background and what is being said.

“That could be the case though. We are at the important stage of the season now. Liverpool have so many important games coming up.

“Is playing for England at this stage of the season as important as challenging for the Premier League? If not going away on international duty means you are fit and ready for the run-in, so be it.

“I would like to think that it isn’t the case but from my experience there might be truth in that.”

Alexander-Arnold has contributed two goals and 17 assists in 35 appearances this season.

The Reds travel to Manchester City in a potential title-decider on 10 April.

In other news, an ex-Premier League official has issued an ‘absolute’ VAR claim as controversial Liverpool footage analysed.