By Danny Wright

25th Aug, 2017 | 11:38am

Liverpool sweating on fitness of defender after stunning start to season - report

By Danny Wright

Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of defender Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Sunday’s clash with Arsenal at Anfield, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claims that Alexander-Arnold, 18, has been standing in a right-back while Nathaniel Clyne recovers from his own injury woes, but the teenager was hit with a dead leg in Wednesday’s win over Hoffenheim and could now be forced out of the meeting with Arsene Wenger’s side.

It is understood that the Reds are waiting to see how the England youth international responds to treatment before deciding whether or not he would be fit to play against the Gunners, but at the moment it is reported that Joe Gomez is waiting in the wings to take his spot in the squad.

Gomez, 20, came off the bench to play at right-back in the win over Hoffenheim and also occupied that role in the club’s only clean sheet of the season last week in 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.

The former Charlton defender has limited experience in the Premier League, having only made six appearances in the top-flight prior to the win over the Eagles.

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The Liverpool Echo also reports that Emre Can is in contention to play against Arsenal after he was spotted at a hospital on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp will no doubt want as many of his key players available as possible for what will no doubt be their first big test of the season on Sunday.

It would be a big blow to be without Alexander-Arnold, who has had a stunning start to the season in the absence of Clyne, scoring first professional goal in league football in the first leg win at Hoffenheim earlier this month.

In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for the match against Arsenal.

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