Klopp raves about teenage star, needs to improve this part of his game
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold, calling him a ‘wonderful player’.
Despite only being 18-years-old, Alexander-Arnold is enjoying his breakthrough season and has made 10 appearances for Liverpool’s first team – making one assist.
The youngster is most comfortable playing at right back, but he can also play in central midfield.
He came on as a substitute in central midfield in Liverpool’s 3-1 derby win over Everton and impressed.
The 18-year-old even almost scored his first senior goal – only to be denied by a fine Joel Robles save.
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“Trent is a wonderful player. We are really happy to have him here,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“We need all players in this last part of the season, and he is one of these players – When he came on [against Everton] he had two good moments. We know his qualities.
“As an offensive full-back, it’s really good to see. He has to improve in defence from the full-back position, but with his speed he can play a little bit higher up of course. There you have to defend too.”
Over the recent International break Alexander-Arnold featured twice at right back for England’s Under-19s.
Despite being deployed mainly as a defender he has been prolific at Under-19 level, scoring six goals in 10 appearances.
The 18-year-old right-back has also been in terrific form for Liverpool’s Under-23s this season and has contributed three goals and three assists in nine Premier League 2 games.
Statistics and performances suggest Alexander-Arnold has a very promising career ahead of him, and Klopp will be hoping that he will be able to contribute more in Liverpool’s first team sooner, rather than later.
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