Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold in the Champions League against Real Madrid.
Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold. Image Credit: AFP

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has described Trent Alexander-Arnold as exceptional and world class after the right back was excluded from the England team during their Nations League fixtures this month.

Alexander-Arnold was an unused substitute in England’s defeat by Italy and left out of the squad for their draw with Germany, despite being Liverpool’s first choice in a side that has consistently challenged for major honours in recent seasons.

“Trent came back not in a party mood but he accepts the manager’s decision because he is extremely bright,” Klopp told reporters.

Good defender

“Obviously I would decide differently... Whatever team I would coach in the moment, I would pick him because he is exceptional. Is he always exceptional? No.

“There are stories out there all the time that talk about him and say he’s not a good defender, but that’s not true. He’s a good defender, he doesn’t defend always good. That’s true as well. That is what we’re working on, he is a young player.”

Alexander-Arnold, 23, has fallen out of favour with England manager Gareth Southgate and has made only one international appearance this year, casting doubt over his World Cup prospects.

Space for improvement

Southgate suggested Kieran Trippier, who made the bench against Germany, had a better “all-round game” than Alexander-Arnold.

“There is space for improvement, definitely, but we only discuss it on the level we discuss it because his offensive impact is so extreme for us,” Klopp added.

“The only thing I can really say is that I see it differently, but that does not mean it is right or wrong... It’s clear, for me, he’s a world-class player and not playing for his country is difficult.”