By 90Min
February 03, 2019

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner will return to the squad for the fixture against West Ham on Monday but serious doubts remain over the fitness of English duo Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, with Gomez possibly needing surgery.

Gomez has been out since December with a lower leg fracture, and the young English defender's recovery looks set to overrun the estimated timeframe of six weeks.

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Reds boss Jurgen Klopp refused to provide any return date for Gomez, but suggested the 21-year-old will be unavailable - with surgery a possibility for the defender.

“It is not exactly going how we want, that’s how it is. He needs more time. We will see exactly how we do it," said Klopp (as quoted by talkSPORT)

“There were different moments when we thought we could do this or that. It will take time. We cannot say more.”

On the possibility of surgery, Klopp added: “I don’t know, we will see. It is possible, probably.”

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Alexander-Arnold remains on the sidelines, though Klopp believes the England full-back should return to training next week.

“Trent is getting better and better and better,” Klopp said at a press conference. “He is really close and I hope he is in full training next week, but not for Monday.”

Due to Liverpool’s ongoing injury crisis, the likes of FabinhoJordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have been used in defence over the past month. 

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Liverpool loaned natural right-back Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth in January - a move that could prove costly in the Reds' hunt for a first league title since 1990.

With Milner back for the trip to the Foxes, the versatile midfielder may sit in defence to cover for the English duo who remain sidelined. 

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