Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold and described the Liverpool full-back as a ‘great role model’ ahead of his 100th appearance for the club.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best attacking right-backs in world football since being handed his Liverpool debut by Klopp three years ago, helping the side to Champions League success last season, also picking up seven caps for England since progressing into the senior international side.
Alexander-Arnold is set to make his 100th appearance for his boyhood club in this weekend’s trip to Aston Villa, and Klopp has praised the maturity of the youngster since stepping up to the senior set-up, describing the academy graduate as a ‘role model’ for locals who look to have ‘a scouse hero’ in their ranks.
“He is so young and already so experienced. A wonderful story for different reasons,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“I know in Liverpool everybody is desperate to have a scouse hero making his way to the first team.
“I think he said when he made his first appearance ‘okay it is good, great wonderful but it’s not about having one game, it’s about getting 100’. That is what he said.
“Now we can talk about that. I wish for him that he can stay healthy, fit and the future is bright.
“For us, that is how it is. A fantastic story, a great role model and the way he deals with that role is sensational. He is relaxed about that but feels responsible for that. It is really a pleasure to work with him. That is the best thing I can say about the player.”