A report names one player Gareth Southgate looks set to not take to the upcoming Euros, and it continues to caused a debate online.
In the past two years, Liverpool well and truly shone, winning the Champions League and the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp, and because of this, Trent Alexander-Arnold has featured hugely for England and is widely regarded as one of the most highly-rated youngsters in world football.
However, as seen happen to many of his Liverpool teammates, the 22-year-old has endured tough times during the season, suffering injury and saw the Reds lose four games in a row back in February.
He hit back at Gareth Southgate’s latest England snub, performing superbly to help Liverpool get back to win ways over Arsenal at the weekend with boss Klopp describing him as ‘world class’ and questioning why Southgate left him out.
“I am really happy about the performance, and of course even more so about the three points and the result.” 💪
Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool side following their emphatic 3-0 win at Arsenal, and he also reserved special praise for Trent Alexander-Arnold 👀 pic.twitter.com/aEMrhaStMm
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 4, 2021
Klopp said to Sky Sports: “Trent Alexander-Arnold showed his class, again. I don’t want to make another discussion about Trent or stuff like that. I said it was Gareth [Southgate’s] decision.
“He is blessed with the choice he has in that position especially, but Trent is in a good shape. If somebody says he is not then I have to say he is wrong, that is all. But I am not responsible for [Southgate’s] decisions.”
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp also said: “[Trent was] outstanding. When you play a game like Trent played tonight, when you are fully in the game, just focusing on the important things in the game, then he can do these kind of things. Tonight he had an exceptionally good game.
“I am not criticising Gareth Southgate, and I don’t want to have an argument, I respect his role and his decisions. But I know the player better than anybody else, any other coach, and I can say that he is a world class player, and not only offensively.
“Does he perform always world class? No. I don’t know a player who is doing that, but it is his potential.”
Asked if the rest over the past two weeks helped, Klopp said: “100 per cent. He didn’t have a lot of rest because we trained quite intensely with the boys, but I’m sure the things we did in training helped him. if you play three times in 10 days there is not a lot of time for training.”
Agbonlahor told talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast that Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James are all now ahead of Alexander-Arnold in Southgate’s pecking order – and he expects it to remain that way.
“He hasn’t been at his best, but he is still a great footballer,” Agbonlahor said of Alexander-Arnold.
“But it’s a really tough one with England because you look at Reece James; he is very good going forward, he’s decent defending.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold is very good going forward, but not as good defensive-wise.
“Kyle Walker is definitely going to be in the squad because he can play centre-half as well, Trippier is playing well at Atletico Madrid.
“So as much as Trent hasn’t been in his best form, maybe it’s just that Southgate fancies these other right-backs ahead of him and I think he doesn’t make the squad, for me. I don’t think he takes him.
“I would take him, but I don’t think he [Gareth Southgate] takes him because Kyle Walker can play right-back and as a centre-half in a three.”
He added: “If Trent Alexander-Arnold played in the three games England played in last time they met up, he would have had outstanding games.
“But would you want him playing right-back if you’re getting to the latter stages against a Portugal or a France when the better players come in?
“Or, do you want a Kyle Walker? A quicker right-back, or a Reece James who is better at defending? So it’s tough and I think everyone is going to be split on it.”
As the report names one player Gareth Southgate looks set not take to Euros, talkSPORT asks users – Should Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold be in the England squad for the Euros?
@scottyasser85: Not even a question. He should be in the squad a million percent.
@devad2002: Last season I would have said yes, on performance this season then no.
@nathancarty112: Look Liverpool ain’t been great but surely leaving him out would be silly
@albionparva: He’s the ideal wing-back if they go with 3 centre halves
@68stano: Yes a back up for AWB
@laurbarr71: Yes of course he should
@WBA78part2: You take your best players and it’s the managers responsibility to get the best out of them. Not to lose you bottle and leave them at home. My patience has gone with him. We have moved backwards in the last 2years despite the talent available.
@rossi250282: Says it all about Southgate if he doesn’t!! Useless
@cherryeyes10: Cannot believe this is even a debate. Sure this is not a serious question?? One of the best right backs in the world consistently over the last few years, and half a dozen bad games generate this debate?? Nonsense.
@EricTay23398457: Ye… defo… he has put in one decent cross this season… so he is suddenly world class again. #please
@gohara10: Should be one of the first names on the team sheet….one of our 3-4 true world class players at present
@tommymorewood1: Not only should he be in the squad, He’s in the starting line up for me. Especially if Southgate plays his 2 holding midfielders or 5 at the back (Or both). The fact he weren’t in the last squad because of ‘lack of form’ was a joke!