Martin Keown sends message to Liverpool supporters about exciting 18-year-old prospect
The Arsenal legend praises Jurgen Klopp's handling of Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold
Martin Keown has welcomed Jurgen Klopp’s decision to place his faith in Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool boss started the right-back in a 3-3 draw at Watford last weekend in the absence of England international Nathaniel Clyne.
Alexander-Arnold made his Champions League debut at 18 on Tuesday night when Liverpool made the trip to Hoffenheim in the first leg of their playoff clash.
The youth graduate scored an impressive free-kick to break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time before James Milner doubled the visitors’ lead to secure a 2-1 win.
The Liverpool teenager was one of Klopp’s standout players in Germany alongside Senegal international Sadio Mane and summer signing Mohamed Salah.
Former Arsenal defender Keown praised Klopp’s handling of Alexander-Arnold following his exciting start to the 2017-18 season.
“It was refreshing to hear Jurgen Klopp’s comments about Trent Alexander-Arnold after his superb free-kick against Hoffenheim,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“Klopp said he had seen the 18-year-old taking free-kicks for Liverpool’s Under 23s and added ‘by the way, the goal is the same size’.
“It was great to see a manager making light of a young player going into the first team. He will have given Alexander-Arnold so much confidence and belief. More managers should do the same.”
Alexander-Arnold made his Premier League debut at Old Trafford back in January as the Reds starlet managed to keep Anthony Martial under wraps in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
The Reds will host Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace side in their next Premier League fixture at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool signed AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window.