Jürgen Klopp has been speaking to the media about Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Brighton on Saturday.
The German was pressed for his opinion on Gareth Southgate’s refusal to use the £160,000-a-week man for England, and the 55-year-old seemingly had to bite his tongue.
Klopp admitted he would make “headlines” if he said what he really thought, while he also alluded to how Alexander-Arnold is feeling after being left out of the squad for the 3-3 draw against Germany entirely.
After another disappointing international break for the 23-year-old, Klopp suggested his No.66 was not in the best mood when returning to Merseyside – that doesn’t surprise us whatsoever.
As quoted by Sky Sports, the German said: “Trent came back not in a party mood, but he accepts the manager’s decision because he is extremely bright.”
Now, Klopp has a task on his hands to pick Alexander-Arnold’s head back up.
In truth, that was potentially already on the agenda for Klopp, as the right-back has not been at his best by any means this season.
Alexander-Arnold was run ragged by Khvicha Kvaratskhelia as Liverpool suffered a 4-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League, while a number of goals have come down his side of the defence this term.
Interestingly, the Liverpool-born defender also hasn’t been himself going forward this season, failing to register a single assist in nine appearances.
Usually, that is his speciality, with 19 assists to his name in all competitions last term.