Trent Alexander-Arnold has hailed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as a father-figure in his life, stating that the German manager has played a key role in his growth as a footballer.
The England U-21 international has talked about the influence that the former Borussia Dortmund main-man has had on his life and with the Reds on the verge of playing a Champions League final for the first time in 11 years, things are looking great for the young star. He is just 19 at the moment and plays at right-back and still has a long way to go in terms of his career, as he is slowly making a name for himself in the top flight of English football, as he has grown among the ranks, with the Merseyside outfit.
He was handed his debut last term by the Kop boss and has made a total of 40 appearances for the club so far, with a great performance in the two legs against Manchester City in the Champions League, which the English giants won.
Due to that, he has been able to cement his place, not just in the domestic circuit, but at the international level as well. Keeping that in mind, the player thanked his mentor and coach by stating, “He’s a massive influence. You hear a lot of players saying a manager is like a father figure, and I think that’s definitely the case with the manager here. He’s really encouraging for young players, it’s like he can read your mind. He knows what to say, when to say it and how to say it.”
“There’s times he might think you need a bit of a telling off, but there’s other times when you might need a bit of encouragement, and that’s what he does as well. That’s the good thing about him – he knows what to do and when to do it. He understands the game unbelievably well, knows what it’s like to be a player and knows that mistakes will happen.
But he knows it’s how you react to them, and how you keep on going, how to play with the team’s identity, no matter what the scoreline is, that we have to believe in our ability. The way we want to play is high-pressing, win the ball back as high as possible and play football, and that’s obviously what we try to do, and he instills that no matter what the score is.”
Talking about a potential finish in the top four, he concluded,“It’s not just about coming in the top four and finishing fourth. It’s about trying to get third and second, trying to do as well as we can to push on to that next season. It’s important to push on at the end of a season to set you up for a season. We did that with Middlesbrough last season, winning 3-0, and we knew during the pre-season we were coming back to hopefully qualify for the Champions League.”
The player is still quite young and needs the right kind of mentor in order to secure a bright future for the long run, which he has now found in Klopp, who can really guide him to become the very best. If the Reds do indeed win a title this term, it will be a really huge boost for the club and the player as well. Hopefully, they can come good in the business end of the current campaign.