Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sent a warning to Trent Alexander-Arnold following his recent selection for the England national side. Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate recently made the decision to axe Manchester City’s Kyle Walker for the forthcoming internationals and that is likely to hand Alexander-Arnold with the right-back role with Kieran Trippier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka providing the back-up.
Speaking in a press conference, Klopp acknowledged that he has been surprised with the omission of Walker from the Three Lions squad. He added that Alexander-Arnold has been offered with a chance to cement the right-back spot, but needs to keep improving in order to hold onto the position on a long-term basis.
He said: “He had [difficult] moments already, it is not that his career went just like this [straight up], He had moments and will have [more]. He is a very young lad. I have no clue why Gareth made the decision but I don’t think Kyle is that old to not having a chance anymore. It is a sign that England have a couple of really good opportunities with young players in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Trent. But that doesn’t mean that from now on Trent is the No1 full back for the next 20-years. He has the skills to do so, but there are a lot of things you have to make sure.”
Alexander-Arnold is widely regarded as the best attacking right-back in the Premier League and his performances over the past year have made him a regular with the Three Lions. Nonetheless, he does have the occasional concern with the defensive side of the game and that is something he needs to improve upon to become a world-class defender.
In terms of that aspect, Wan-Bissaka has proved a better performer than Alexander-Arnold but the Manchester United right-back does not have the same pedigree on the attack. As such, both players have their respective weaknesses but Southgate seems confident with the selection of the duo. Aside from the pair, Trippier has been offered a lifeline to prove himself after making a bright start with new club Atletico Madrid.