Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is of the opinion that Trent Alexander-Arnold has nothing to prove to England boss Gareth Southgate after the right-back scored a stoppage-time winner against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
It was Alexander-Arnold’s second goal of the season as Liverpool boosted their Uefa Champions League qualification hopes with a 2-1 Premier League win.
The fullback has recently faced criticism for his form and was dropped from the England squad for last month’s World Cup qualifiers. But Klopp insists that Alexander-Arnold deserves more space to mature as a footballer.
“I don’t think he has to prove anything, to be honest,” Klopp told BBC Sport, with Southgate in attendance at Anfield to watch Alexander-Arnold’s match-winning display.
“You can play the best season of your life and the coach of the national team has to make decisions and we respect that.
“The only thing Trent is doing is playing his best football. In the last 10 days, twice he’s played outstanding and now he scores a goal. The most important thing is we stop talking about it.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner was also full of praise for Alexander-Arnold as the right-back delivered a fitting response to his critics.
“It says a lot about his character. People forget how young he is. He’s been very fortunate in his career so far, so being left out of the England squad is probably one of his first disappointments,” said Milner.
“But he’s got a massive goal at the end… we’re delighted for him.”
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By FARPost Reporter