Klopp questions Alexander Arnold's omission from the England squad
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Klopp questions Alexander Arnold's omission from the England squad

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has questioned Trent Alexander Arnold’s omission from the last England squad.

Trent was not called by England manager Gareth Southgate squad that took San Marino, Poland, and Albania in their last month’s World Cup Qualifiers with Klopp admitting that he didn’t understand why his player was not handed a call-up.

"I was surprised when he didn't get a call-up. I'm a manager myself, I make decisions every day, every weekend, every midweek about team selections, squad selections. You always make decisions other people don't understand.

"I respect that Gareth makes his own decisions, of course, obviously, but I didn't understand it," the manager said after their win against Arsenal on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old has been a Liverpool regular in recent seasons but has earned only 12 England caps to date. Southgate preferred Atleti’s Kieran Trippier at wing-back at the 2018 World Cup, with Kyle Walker playing inside in a three-man defence.

Walker and Reece James shared starting duties in March, while Trippier was also in the squad, with right-back a clear position of strength for the Three Lions.

As well as Alexander-Arnold and Southgate's current preferred trio, England could call upon Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Manchester United or England Under-21 pair Tariq Lamptey and Max Aarons.

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