Jurgen Klopp opens up on Trent Alexander-Arnold's shock England call-up

Paola Ditto
Mag 17, 2018

Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been included in England's 23-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation - but apparently he didn't find out directly from Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

Alexander-Arnold has impressed at full-back for Liverpool this season and is expected to start their Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid next weekend.

Alexander-Arnold was about to board the charter plane at John Lennon International airport when Klopp, who had received a telephone call from Southgate, asked him what his holiday plans were before telling him that he would be going to Russian Federation.

'I found out (on Wednesday) morning, just before we came out to Marbella.

But it seems Alexander-Arnold didn't receive the usual phonecall from Southgate to inform him that he had made the squad.

"It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for them, so I have to thank them, the manager and everyone else who has supported me along the way", he said, adding: "I have to say a special thanks to everyone, especially my family for helping me get so far". It's probably capped off a really good season for me, ' he told the club's website.

"If I play I will be the youngest goalkeeper for England at a World Cup, which would be an achievement".

'He said to me, "OK, good..."

"I've never been in a situation like that in my life playing for England", he told Sky Sports News. I had the honour of telling him and it was nice to see his eyes.

At the beginning of this season you'd have got long odds on Trent Alexander-Arnold going to Russian Federation this summer.

As the season has gone on though the 19 year old has improved and become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's side. You can be not good enough - but he is good enough.

'It's just a wonderful little piece more which makes this season special, even before the last game (against Madrid)'.

England's record cap holder, Peter Shilton, expects the tournament to test the teenager's resilience but believes the experience can help steel him for a role with England in the coming years.

"The young defender - who is yet to win a senior cap for England - told Liverpoolfc.com: "[Klopp] asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet.

'Everyone who has been there along the way, even going back to when I was really young, around the age of six. I hope they can all feel as proud as I do about getting the call up'.

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