Jurgen Klopp Backs Trent Alexander-Arnold After England Snub

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he would pick “exceptional” Trent Alexander-Arnold in any team after England manager Gareth Southgate overlooked the full-back.

The 23-year-old Liverpool defender did not play against Italy and was dropped from the squad that drew with Germany.

Klopp disclosed that there is “space for improvement” in Alexander-Arnold’s defensive game, but his offensive ability is “so extreme”.

“I’d decide obviously differently, but I’m not in charge,” said Klopp.

“My point of view, it’s an easy pick. Whichever team I would coach in the moment, I would sign him because he is exceptional.”

Trent has been a critical player for the Liverpool side that has gone on to win the Premier League and Champions League in recent years. Still, he has struggled to transfer that form to international football and has won just 17 caps since his 2018 debut.

“There are stories out there all the time that talk about him and say he’s not a good defender, but that’s not true,” said Klopp.

“A world-class talent gets judged by the one thing he is not as world class at as the other things. If he was not a good defender, he would not play.

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“The skillset he has for being influential in possession is mad for a right-back.

“I don’t know if I ever saw a right-back like this – passing here, passing there, switching sides, taking free-kicks, corners, smart decisions, quick decisions.

“He is an outstanding football player in a situation where three other right-backs in this country are doing really well. We should not forget that.

“So the view on that is how influential can Trent be? That is number one. What is he good at? That is how you judge a player.”