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Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Defends Full-Back After England Omission

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is an “amazing” player, and Jurgen Klopp would start him in any side after England boss Gareth Southgate passed over the full-back.

The 23-year-old Liverpool defender has left off the team that drew with Germany after making no appearance against Italy.

According to Reds manager Klopp, alexander-attacking Arnold’s talent is “so extreme,” but his defensive game has “room for growth.”

Klopp remarked, “I’d definitely make a different choice, but I’m not in control.”

“It is simple to choose from my perspective. He is fantastic, therefore I would sign him for any club I were coaching right now.”

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Alexander-“all-around Arnold’s game,” according to Southgate, is inferior to that of Kieran Trippier, his right-back competition.

Alexander-Arnold, injured and skipped the European Championship in 2017, has only played once for his country this year.

He has been an essential member of a Liverpool team that has recently won the Premier League and the Champions League. Still, he has had trouble translating that success to international competition, earning only 17 caps since his 2018 debut.

According to Klopp, there are often published tales about him that claim he is a poor defender, but that is untrue.

“A world-class talent is assessed based on the one skill set in which he falls short of his potential. For example, he wouldn’t play if he wasn’t a solid defender.

“His arsenal of possession-influencing talents is unheard of for a right-back.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a right-back play like this — passing here, passing there, switching sides, taking free kicks, corners, and making rapid and intelligent selections.

“In a circumstance when three other right-backs in this nation are doing well, he is an extraordinary football player. We shouldn’t lose sight of it.

“Therefore, the question is: How influential can Trent be? That comes in first. What does he excel at? That is how a player is assessed.”

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