Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes Trent Alexander-Arnold prediction

Jurgen Klopp has told Trent Alexander-Arnold that he is ‘the face of Liverpool ’s future’.

Scouser Alexander-Arnold was thrilled to captain the club he loves for the first time in ­midweek – and Klopp has ­revealed how he sees the 22-year-old full-back as the long-term leader of the Kop pack.

The Liverpool boss was shocked by the delight on ­Alexander-Arnold’s face when he handed him the armband for the Champions League clash against Midtjylland on Wednesday night.

And he said: “Trent is someone who will definitely have this kind of role in the future.

“He is already very special to the younger boys in the team, who all have a similar pathway to the one he had.

“We have four captains in the squad – and when they’re not there then it has to be Trent.

Jurgen Klopp has tipped Trent Alexander-Arnold for a big future

“But it was only when I told him, that I saw that it meant a lot to him. That was so cool, ­because it will be his role in the future when other players have finished their careers here.

“Trent is already preparing to be the face of this club in the ­future – hopefully along with some others.

“I didn’t think he was the best leader we had for the last game, but he has been here longer than any of the others, so it was a logical decision.

“But being a captain isn’t about just wearing the armband, it’s about how you behave all the time.

“When I saw how much it meant to him it made me really happy.” Liverpool face Fulham at ­Craven Cottage today having made a strong start to the ­defence of their title despite injuries to key players like Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago ­Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and ­Fabinho.

In an injury-hit period Brazilian central midfielder Fabinho has emerged as a an exceptional emergency centre-back.

The Liverpool academy graduate wore the armband in midweek

Liverpool had to beat both ­Manchester clubs to sign the 27-year-old in a £39million deal from Monaco two years ago, and it’s paying off.

A delighted Klopp said: “I wouldn’t say that Fab is ­defence-orientated, he’s an organisation-orientated player, very strategic.

“I’m not sure if he played centre-half before, but he is just able to do it.

“You can see that in various different situations, his ­challenging skills are just outstanding defensively.

“And on top of that, football-wise he is good in small spaces and that is what gives him the ability to play in midfield.

“Thank God we have him. I could imagine that Manchester United and City were in for him as well but we just said what we had to say to him.

“He was a shy boy and maybe thought it would be best to be around a pretty vocal, loud ­manager! That might have been the reason why he joined us.”

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