- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Alexander-Arnold has played in a number of big games for Liverpool this term
- Klopp now believes that the right back is ready to play at the World Cup
Jurgen Klopp insists Trent Alexander-Arnold is ready to play at a World Cup — but would prefer Liverpool’s right back to have a summer of rest.
The 19-year-old has had an outstanding season and his form has been so good recently — especially in the Champions League quarter-final games against Manchester City — that it has seen him elevated into the running for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad.
The Football Association’s initial plan for Alexander-Arnold this summer was to go Toulon with the Under 21s but if Liverpool go all the way in Europe, Alexander-Arnold would be ruled out as England’s opening game in France clashes with the Champions League final on May 26.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is making a late push for England’s World Cup squad
Southgate will continue to watch Alexander-Arnold’s progress and Klopp is adamant he would not look out of place if he made the final 23. The German’s personal preference, though, would be for a prolonged break through June.
‘Of course I would prefer that (he rests) but I’m not the person who wants to say to Gareth Southgate “don’t take him!”,’ said Klopp. ‘Everything is ready and Trent is obviously in a good moment. England has one or two issues but the right back is not among them.
‘They have (Kyle) Walker and (Kieran) Trippier. If Walker is used in a back three, there is only Trippier and maybe they need another solution. That is Gareth’s decision. Yes, he would have a great, wonderful experience at a very young age and you can see that would be really positive.
Jurgen Klopp is mightily impressed with Alexander-Arnold’s form for Liverpool this season
‘Is he ready? Yes he is ready for lot of things. He is not finished in his development and a lot will come which is good news. With regard to the World Cup, somebody has to make that decision and thank God it’s not me. Trent is an outstanding talent. It was clear from the first second we saw him.’
Liverpool can move to within three points of securing a place in the Champions League next season should they beat West Brom on Saturday lunchtime.
‘There will be no reunion with Daniel Sturridge, who moved to The Hawthorns on loan in January as he is ineligible.
Alexander-Arnold has developed well for Liverpool as the Premier League season has gone on
Sturridge moved with the intention of playing his way into the frame for the World Cup but a serious hamstring injury has made the switch a disaster. He will return to Anfield at the end of the campaign with 12 months remaining on his contract but Klopp says no decision has been made on his future.
‘It is nothing that I have thought about so far,’ said Klopp. ‘We don’t have to make these judgements yet. There will be a pre-season next year and he is still contracted here so we will see. But it (moving) is absolutely not what he expected or what we expected.’
Author: Nancy Parker
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