Trent Alexander-Arnold hits out at 'unfair' Premier League demands amid Liverpool injuries

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Trent Alexander-Arnold hits out at 'unfair' Premier League demands amid Liverpool injuries

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold insists the Premier League are making demands that are “not fair” and “not physically possible” on players this season. The Reds have been ravaged by injuries in recent months with Alexander-Arnold himself currently sidelined.

The England defender is nursing a calf injury which he sustained at Manchester City earlier this month while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could miss the rest of the season with knee problems that have both required surgery.

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Elsewhere, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Thiago Alcantara, lisson Becker and Fabinho are among the raft of other Liverpool players to succumb to fitness issues.

And Alexander-Arnold, speaking to the Daily Mirror, insists players are suffering from a punishing fixture schedule.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly made clear his frustrations with broadcasters, with the Premier League champions facing Brighton at 12.30pm on Saturday this weekend having only faced Atalanta in the Champions League at 8pm on Wednesday night.

Alexander-Arnold said: “We get paid to play football, so we can’t complain about having to play games. But we have to give a thought to our bodies. It’s not right to put a human body through so much intensity.

“You look at marathon runners, people who do triathlons and cyclists on the Tour de France. They train for so long to compete in such quick succession.

“You have to train for those sort of distances – and our bodies aren’t trained to do that. We have 90 minute hits, we have to recover from that.

“But when you’re asked to do that so quickly, it’s not fair and the human body cannot cope with that.

“You’ve got to think that of the three-month lockdown, we had to try and stay as fit as possible.

“We were doing four or five sessions a week, not knowing when we were going to come back. We had to stay relatively match fit in case it came back on quickly.

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