The uncapped 19-year-old was a surprise inclusion to England's World Cup squad
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp informed him he had been included in England's World Cup squad.
The uncapped 19-year-old has been called up by Gareth Southgate ahead of the tournament in Russia.
Alexander-Arnold has impressed at full-back for Liverpool this season and is expected to start their Champions League final meeting with Real Madrid next weekend.
Fellow right-backs Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier have also been included so Alexander-Arnold could yet be restricted to a watching brief.
But, having been named Liverpool's young player of the year two years in a row, he said it was a proud moment when Klopp told him of his inclusion ahead of a training camp in Spain.
"I'm honoured, excited and feeling really proud," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"It was an unbelievable moment to find out I was going to go to the World Cup, especially at a young age. It's probably capped off a really good season for me.
"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.
"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."
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com in Marbella, the German boss detailed the moment he made the young defender aware of the "fantastic" honour.
“It is nice, a nice story," Klopp said. "Gareth Southgate gave me a call this morning and told me that I am allowed to tell him, but then I had some press work to do and didn’t have time.
“So, in the bus to the plane, I saw Trent for the first time. I thought maybe he knew already and someone else had called him. 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! Can you be too young? No. You can be not good enough – but he is good enough.
“It’s just a wonderful little piece more which makes this season special, even before the last game [against Real Madrid].
“For Adam, it’s a great thing as well. After that season with only three or four games, I don’t think that any other player would have been in the mind of the manager, but Gareth really likes him.
"He is only on standby, OK, but in his situation that’s the best thing. He can train with us and then go to the national team and train there. Then, if anything happens, Gareth Southgate knows he has a fantastic player on standby.
“Hendo as well, not to forget – our skipper is going to the World Cup and I am happy about that as well!
“All three, well deserved. It’s really nice.”
EnglandWorld CupLiverpoolJurgen KloppTrent Alexander-Arnold
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