Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster travelled to Marbella in Spain with the Liverpool squad and Trent Alexander-Arnold has discussed how their presence in the camp is a “major” boost.

Both players have been out for a long time after respective injuries and neither have played a single minute of football this season.

Chamberlain, in particular, has been a big loss but with both back in training, Jurgen Klopp will be pleased to have two talented footballers back in contention for selection soon.

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Trent told “It’s something that lifts the spirits massively. You see them every day in the treatment room, you see them around, and I think everyone just instinctively asks them how long they think it’s going to be now.

“It probably gets a bit tiring for them to be able to put an exact date on it because they are long-term injuries that you’re not sure when exactly you’re going to be back, but they’ve both shown they can push their bodies to the limit and get back as soon as possible.

“It’s been a really long journey for both of them; Ox’s has been more high-profile than Rhian’s, but Rhian has put in just as much hard work as Ox has. A lot of credit needs to go to him at such a young age. He hasn’t played with the first team much, but he has been put in an environment where he is in and around the first team but hasn’t had the chance to quite show himself.

“That’s probably really difficult for him, to see other young players on the bench and think that could have been me if it wasn’t for the injury, but he’s probably used it the other way and used it as motivation to say he wants to stay here. He’s shown great determination to show the manager that when he’s back, he wants to be in and around the first team. That’s what he aims to do and I am sure if it wasn’t for the injury that would have happened.

“The pair of them are a credit to themselves and epitomise the spirit around the team and around the club, that it is going to be very difficult to break that spirit and they’ll bounce back whenever there are setbacks.”

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