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Jurgen Klopp leaps to defence of Trent Alexander-Arnold

Klopp leaps to defence of Alexander-Arnold
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hits out at club legends Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness for their criticism of young defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is "not interested" in the criticism being directed at Trent Alexander-Arnold following his display in Liverpool's defeat to Manchester United.

The young defender allowed Marcus Rashford to cut inside for the Red Devils' opening goal and was also caught out for the second, as the Reds fell to a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford.

Liverpool idols Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness laid into Alexander-Arnold for his lacklustre defensive showing, but Klopp has taken a swipe at the pundits for criticising the 19-year-old when others were equally at fault.

"I don't get it. If you wouldn't tell me [about it], I would never watch it. That makes absolutely no difference to me, what people say," he told reporters. "What did they say? They said we defended bad? If somebody said it was only Trent's mistake, then the guy who said that has no idea about football and I wouldn't listen.

"Dejan Lovren, in the first challenge, could be different, but it's difficult. We were not there for the second ball and then it's Trent. I have to see it back again but when I saw the goal, for me Rashford did brilliantly and, exactly in the moment where Trent is ready for the challenge, he made a cut-back.

"He stepped too late and in the next moment he shoots. It's the perfect striker movement and we cannot defend everything. It's easy afterwards to talk about it but I'm not interested. [Pundits] don't give us points, they don't cost us points, they are only the deliverer of good and bad messages, that's all.

"We lost 2-1, but everybody could see we're strong. We brought them at the edge, with 2-0 down that's really rare that you can turn a game against United, but we were close and actually we should have done it."

Alexander-Arnold has started 13 times for Liverpool in the Premier League this season and a further five times in other competitions.


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3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
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15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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