Trent Alexander-Arnold has proved himself hugely important to Liverpool this season with his corner for Alisson’s incredible winner at West Brom proof of that, according to Jurgen Klopp.
The 22-year-old has been one of the rising stars at Anfield over the last few seasons. However, his form like Liverpool’s has dropped this season and led to his surprise omission from the international stage. Indeed, Gareth Southgate overlooked the right-back for the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
Klopp though insists that regardless of whether he makes it, Alexander-Arnold has more than proved his worth this season. Furthermore, he has heralded the part he played in creating Alisson’s winner at The Hawthorns.
“This was a world-class corner from Trent, not the first or last,” Klopp insisted. “[Nat] Phillips could have scored, Sadio [Mane] was in position too. We shouldn’t take that for granted. World-class players in decisive moments can deliver an average set-piece because of pressure. His corner made it.”
Asked about Alexander-Arnold‘s form, Klopp insists he is happy with his performances.
“Trent’s had a good season. He had 20 odd different centre-back partners. So he has a bigger influence on organising. A world-class talent to an organiser is a big step but he did. He’s in a good moment, long may it continue.”
Klopp still enjoying Alisson goal replays
Klopp admitted on Sunday just how much he enjoyed Alisson’s winner at West Brom and compared his header to one from Olivier Giroud.
Now the Reds boss has admitted to watching replays of Alisson’s header more times than any other goal he cares to remember.
“I’ve never watched a goal back as much as this in the dressing room after it,” Klopp admitted. “But we are not even close to our goal because we know how high the obstacles are in front of us.
“In that moment (Alisson), no-one thought about the next two games. In football, if you have some downs, you are influenced by it so if you have a high you should be too. It hasn’t made the job easier but it changed the mindset. Kept us in the race, a very special moment.”