Klopp: What impressed me about Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool FC’s 5-0 win
The Liverpool FC manager praises Trent Alexander-Arnold's crossing for Wednesday night's 5-0 win over Watford
Jurgen Klopp was delighted with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s precision passing in Liverpool FC’s 5-0 victory over Watford on Wednesday night.
The England international was left on the bench for Liverpool FC’s goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Klopp started James Milner at right-back for the north west derby but the move didn’t pay dividends after the veteran midfielder produced a poor performance.
The Liverpool FC manager restored Alexander-Arnold to right-back for the midweek visit of Watford in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old teed up Sadio Mane for his opening header before the full-back produced a cross for the Senegal international’s second goal.
Alexander-Arnold completed his hat-trick of assists in the final 10 minutes when he found Virgil van Dijk in the penalty area for Liverpool FC’s fourth goal.
Speaking to his post-match media conference at Anfield after Wednesday night’s 5-0 win, Klopp explained why he didn’t start Alexander-Arnold at Old Trafford.
“He didn’t play on Sunday [but] I don’t think about last games,” Klopp said.
“A colleague of yours asked me if it is because of his performance in his last game against Manchester United [last season] and I really had to think: ‘What was that? Ah, the Rashford incident.’
“Trent was injured, played a game and then it was clear we have to make a decision, can he play three games in a week?
“We were not sure and that’s why he didn’t play against United, that was the only reason.”
The Liverpool FC boss went on to praise Alexander-Arnold for his superb delivery throughout the 5-0 rout.
“He was rested and could start and he played an outstanding football game,” he continued. “And obviously he is fit, if you see how he was chasing back in all the counter-attacks of them and was involved in pretty much each offensive situation. It was a brilliant performance.
“The crosses – the first corner was not exactly how we wanted to have it, it was pretty flat and we wanted to have it higher, but all the rest crossing-wise was just outstanding.
“I don’t say it was easy to finish with these situations, but the crosses made it easier at least.”
Liverpool FC will make the short trip across Stanley Park to take on bitter rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are a point ahead of defending champions Manchester City in what is promising to be an enthralling title race.