Klopp sur­prised Alexan­der-Arnold with Eng­land call-up news

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LIVER­POOL de­fender Trent Alexan­der- Arnold said club man­ager Juer­gen Klopp sur­prised him with the news of his in­clu­sion in Eng­land’s 23-man squad for the World Cup.

The 19- year- old has had an im­pres sive breakt h rough cam­paign for Liver­pool, fea­tur­ing in nine Cham­pi­ons League matches, in­clud­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal win over Manchester City and the semi-fi­nal vic­tory against AS Roma, and 19 league games.

“I found out this morn­ing, just be­fore we came out to Mar­bella. The man­ager came and spoke to me just as we were get­ting on the plane,” Alexan­der- Arnold, cur­rently in a train­ing camp in Spain, told Liver­pool’s web­site https://www.liv­er­poolfc.com.

“He asked me if I knew any­thing about the squad or any­thing yet. I said, ‘no’ and he said, ‘ Have you got any­thing planned around the time of the World Cup?’ I was like, ‘No, no hol­i­days or any­thing...

“He said to me, ‘ OK, good... You’re in the squad!’ It was a re­ally proud mo­ment. On Eng­land’s be­half, it was nice of them to let the man­ager tell me.”

Klopp, who handed Alexan­derArnold his Liver­pool de­but in 2016, was equally proud of the teenager and says the call-up was a great way to top off a spe­cial sea­son.

“( Eng­land man­ager) Gareth South­gate gave me a call this morn­ing ( Wed­nes­day) and told me that I am al­lowed to tell him...” Klopp said.

“So, in the bus to the plane, I saw Trent for the first time... I had the hon­our of telling him and it was nice to see the re­ac­tion in his eyes. It’s fan­tas­tic, it’s well de­served, what a sea­son. What a sea­son!

“It’s just a won­der­ful lit­tle piece more which makes this sea­son spe­cial, even be­fore the last game.”

Liver­pool are in con­tention to win their first European ti­tle since 2005 when they take on hold­ers and 12-time win­ners Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in Kiev on May 26. — Reuters

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