The 22-year-old agonisingly missed Euro 2020 after sustaining a thigh injury in a warm-up against Austria less than two weeks before the tournament started.
However, ahead this Saturday’s trip to Premier League new boys Norwich, he responded to a question on the club’s official website about whether he was fully fit, saying: ‘Yeah, definitely. I’ve started pre-season quite well, in training I’ve been putting the work in, got the all-clear from the medical staff early doors in pre-season and have been able to push on, get fit and get the full 90 under my belt today (against Bilbao).
Trent Alexander-Arnold completed 90 minutes for the first time since his injury with England
The Liverpool right back’s thigh problem cruelly ended his hopes of appearing at Euro 2020
But the 22-year-old is now raring to go and targeting a start next Saturday against Norwich
‘I think it’s perfect timing the way the games have gone in pre-season, just building up to this: started at 30 (minutes), then 45, a couple of 60s under the belt and then today obviously getting 90.
‘I think we’ve timed it well and it gives us a good couple of days to recover and then go on to Norwich next week.’
The game saw 40,000 fans converge on Anfield as Diogo Jota gave the hosts a 13th-minute lead before Alex Berenguer equalised shortly after the break as the match finished 1-1.
Diogo Jota opened the scoring against Athletic Bilbao in front of 40,000 fans at Anfield
But Alex Berenguer converted from close range as Jurgen Klopp’s men had to settle for a point
The one major downside was Andy Robertson hobbling off after clutching his left ankle
The one big negative from the contest was an injury to star left back Andy Robertson, with the Scot left in agony on the turf clutching his left ankle after deflecting Berenguer’s cross behind for a corner late in the first half before hobbling off.
It is an unclear how long he’ll be out for and Alexander-Arnold had words of encouragement for the 27-year-old having gone through a similar rehab process over the last couple of months.
‘I think you know it’s going to be quite bad if Robbo has to come off. It’s not something that he normally does so it’s disappointing to see, but I’m sure he will bounce back as soon as he can.’