• February 4, 2023

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shocked by Trent Alexander-Arnold England omission

According to Klopp, Alexander-Arnold has proven that he is one of the best right-backs in world football

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said he was “surprised” and did not “understand” Trent Alexander-Arnold’s departure from the English squad.

The 22-year-old was banned from qualifying for the World Cup against San Marino, Albania and Poland.

England boss Gareth Southgate said the right-back did not performed this season as in previous years.

“If Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in the squad England must have an extremely good squad,” said Klopp.

“I was surprised when he didn’t get the call. Of course, I respect the decision. But I didn’t understand it.

“I’m a manager myself, I make decisions about team and squad selection every day, every weekend, every midweek.

“We always make decisions that other people probably don’t understand.

“I respect that Gareth makes his own decisions, of course, but I still didn’t get it because Trent Alexander-Arnold has been right-back for at least the last two seasons, let me say the season before and the season before that are outstanding right-backs in world football – that’s the truth and at an incredibly young age.

“He started the season with Covid and you can imagine it took him a while to get into the season, but from the moment he was in the season he was one of our most consistent players and one outstanding player.

“He was able to play all these things at a high level all the time, so that can’t be why he wasn’t in the squad.”

Alexander-Arnold was one of several Liverpoolers who were tested for form loss during their battle to defend the Premier League title.

The Reds – 18 points ahead of last season – are in seventh place this season, 25 points behind leaders Manchester City.

You’re facing a trip to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

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