Alexander-Arnold ‘showed his class’ in win at Arsenal, says Klopp

Alexander-Arnold was left out of Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad after a dip in form and had to watch on from home as the Three Lions got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a 100 per cent start with wins over San Marino, Poland and Albania. 

The 22-year-old was back in action for Liverpool on Saturday evening and it was his stunning cross that teed-up Diogo Jota to open the scoring, setting the visitors on their way to a crucial 3-0 win that closes the gap on the Premier League’s top four to two points. 

Southgate’s decision was a controversial one, even if right-back is perhaps the most competitive area of his squad, with Kieran Trippier, Reece James and Kyle Walker all part of last month’s squad. 

Klopp had sung Alexander-Arnold’s praises ahead of the trip to the Emirates and did so again at full-time, though he stopped short of criticising the England manager. 

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“Trent showed his class again,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I don’t want to make a funny discussion about it. It was Gareth’s decision and he is blessed with the choice he has.

“But Trent is in good shape and if someone says he is not I have to say that is wrong.”

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