Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacted to Trent Alexander-Arnold being left out of England’s World Cup qualifiers last week. ‘The stand out right-back in world football’- Klopp said about Trent.
Klopp was taken aback when the Anfield favourite didn’t make the cut. He has said that he does not “understand” why the right-back was left out.
“If Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in the squad then England must have an extremely good squad,” BBC Sport quotes Klopp as saying.
“I was surprised when he didn’t get the call-up. I respect the decision, of course, I do. But I didn’t understand it,” he continued.
“I respect that Gareth makes his own decisions, of course, but I didn’t understand it anyway.
“Because Trent Alexander-Arnold was in the last two seasons at least, let me say the season before and the season before that, the stand out right-back in world football,” Klopp said about Trent.
“That is the truth and at an unbelievable young age,” he went on.
“He started the [2020/21] season with Covid and you can imagine it took him a while to get into the season.
“But, from the moment when he was in the season, he was one of our most consistent players and a stand-out player.
“He could play all the time, high level all these types of things, so that cannot be the reason that he was not in the squad.”
This season, Alexander-Arnold’s form has let him down. The 22-year-old struggled to live up to expectations that he set for himself the previous two seasons.
It also jeopardized Alexander-role Arnold’s in England’s postponed Euro 2020 squad this summer.
However, Klopp maintains he cannot understand why Gareth Southgate overlooked his player.