Trent Alexander-Arnold has waxed lyrical about Jurgen Klopp – and claims the Liverpool manager deserves all the credit for his rise to super-stardom with club and country.
The homegrown Academy star has become a fixture in the Liverpool side over the past 18 months, Alexander-Arnold, who turned 21 this week, making the right-back slot his own.
Alexander-Arnold has gone on to amass 97 appearances for the Reds having been handed his debut in October 2016 and, having already played in two Champions League finals and cementing himself as an England squad regular, the player admits he owes “everything” to his manager.
“He’s the one that’s given me the most opportunities – more opportunities than I could even ask for.
“He’s put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I’ve tried to repay him every time he’s done that.”
This week Klopp celebrated four years in charge of Liverpool, and Alexander-Arnold said it was apparent from the outset that the German had the confidence to pick young players for the first team.
“Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances,” said the 21-year-old.
“He’s shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I’m one of the youngsters that have been given them.
“A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success.”
Klopp this week celebrated four years in charge of Liverpool – here his rarely-heard No 2 gives a fascinating insight into his mindset – and when asked about his aims and ambitions for Liverpool and England, he claimed he just wanted to win trophies and leave behind a lasting legacy.
“I think the main thing is winning trophies,” said the defender. “Wanting to leave a legacy behind and wanting to feel as though you’ve had an impact on club and country and be remembered.
“That’s the main aim; to win as many trophies as possible and to go as far in tournaments as possible.”
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