One of the brightest young talents in English football was justly rewarded with a place on the plane to the Summer World Cup in Russia, as Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold was handed a spot in England’s 23-man squad on Wednesday.
Only 19 years of age and with zero senior caps to his name, the Liverpool full-back should give a great deal of credit to the confidence of his club manager, Jurgen Klopp.
During Alexander-Arnold’s superb breakout season at Anfield, the German manager has entrusted the teenager in the biggest of occasions.
Unbothered by the right back’s inexperience and youth, Klopp’s faith in Alexander-Arnold allowed the youngster to shine and prove his worth.
The fullback has played an impressive 19 times for the Reds in the Premier League, drawing rave reviews due to his brilliant reading of the game, searing pace, and attacking skills.
But it has been in the Champions League where Klopp’s confidence in Alexander-Arnold has truly paid off.
Few managers would trust an inexperienced defender in Europe’s premier club competition, competing against the best teams and attackers in the continent.
Yet, Alexander-Arnold has played in 11 of Liverpool’s 14 Champions League matches this season- an outstanding tally for a 19-year-old.
Furthermore, the full-back has started every single knockout match from the quarterfinals onwards, suppressing Manchester City’s fearsome frontline in the last eight and suffocating Roma in the semifinals.
During the tie with City, Alexander-Arnold truly announced himself on the world stage, shutting down the best attack in the country in a performance worthy of an England international.
Now that the right back has been rewarded with a berth in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions side, he can thank Jurgen Klopp for having the faith to start him in the most important of matches.