Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in the England squad – and it seems Jurgen Klopp’s comments back in April could have only helped the young Liverpool star’s cause.
Alexander-Arnold was left out of the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers in March and there are still question marks over whether he’ll make Gareth Southgate’s final 26 for the Euros.
But Alexander-Arnold has a chance to impress in England’s upcoming friendlies on June 2 and 6 and will be looking to grasp the opportunity with both hands.
Klopp was asked for his thoughts on the right-back being snubbed by Southgate back in March, and replied: “If Trent Alexander-Arnold is not in the squad then England must have an extremely good squad.
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“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.
“I am a manager myself, I make decisions every day, every weekend, every midweek about team selections and squad selections.
“We always make decisions that other people probably do not understand.
“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 – that is the truth and at an unbelievable 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 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.”
Southgate has been under pressure to change his mind on Alexander-Arnold and it seems Klopp’s words have had a profound effect on him.
The Liverpool right-back is joined in the England squad with some surprise inclusions including Ben Godfrey, Ben White and Aaron Ramsdale.