Jurgen Klopp has opened up on the development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and admits it is ‘pretty special’ to see the academy graduate flourish as one of Europe’s finest full-backs.
Alexander-Arnold was handed his debut by the German four years ago and the youngster has since emerged as one of English football’s brightest talents, helping the Reds to back-to-back Champions League finals – winning the latter – and a first league title in three decades.
The 22-year-old was named as the PFA Young Player of the Year last season after breaking his own record for most assists by a defender in a single Premier League campaign, Alexander-Arnold having developed into arguably the best attacking full-back in world football.
Klopp has now opened up on Alexander-Arnold’s journey from the academy system into becoming the Scouse heart of the club’s title-winning side and admits it has been ‘special’ to guide a player who he believes can get even better in the coming seasons.
“It’s a great number, it’s been a great ride so far, an interesting journey,” Klopp told a press conference ahead of tomorrow’s clash with West Ham.
“He came in with a super basis as a player and person, and used it to make big development steps.
“When you see pictures from his first game, the boy who came in compared to the man now, even though he’s a young man, the difference couldn’t be bigger. When you look at his age, there is a lot of space for improvement and he will use that.
“It’s really nice to be part of this journey, because everyone dreams of it, and when you are part of it, it’s pretty special.”