Klopp hails ‘world-class’ Liverpool star for role in Alisson winner

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Klopp hails ‘world-class’ Liverpool star for role in Alisson winner

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ability to deliver in crucial moments as the debate continues over whether he deserves a place in England’s Euro 2020 squad.

Gareth Southgate names his 26-man party next Tuesday and, having omitted the 22-year-old right-back out of internationals in March, there remains a doubt as to whether he will be recalled for this summer’s tournament.

Alexander-Arnold has displayed his best form of the season over the last couple of months, putting in a man-of-the-match display in last week’s win at Manchester United and providing the assist from a corner for Alisson Becker’s 95th-minute winner at West Brom.

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The academy graduate is already a Champions League and Premier League winner and famously delivered on the biggest stage when his smart thinking in taking a quick corner led to Divock Origi scoring the crucial fourth goal in the 2019 Champions League semi-final comeback win over Barcelona.

His assist for Alisson was his seventh in the league this season – the highest number for a defender – and he has 33 in 127 career league appearances.

“This was a world-class corner, not the first, hopefully not the last of Trent,” said Klopp.

“Nat Phillips could have scored if he had left his eyes open. If Ali had missed the ball I think Sadio was in a quite interesting position, that’s how good the corner was.

“We shouldn’t take these things for granted. We saw brilliant players, world-class players, in decisive moments delivering rather average set-pieces as it is quite common in the last seconds of the game there is a free-kick or a corner.

“The corner, the cross made it happen – Ali had only to put his head on it but he did that quite well.”

Alexander-Arnold’s return to form has arrived at seemingly the right time on the eve of a major tournament but Southgate may still need some persuading to bring back the defender.

Klopp, however, is in no doubt.

“He played a good season. He had a problem in that he played with roundabout 20-odd different centre-half pairings, which is just tricky,” he added.

“He is still a young player, he has a much bigger part in organising the last line than he had previously.

“It means from a young, world-class talent to a defensive organiser is a step but he did that as well so yes, he is in a good moment and long may it continue for us.

“Without Trent’s game – not only his – we would be in a different place.”

Someone else Klopp has no doubts over is Mohamed Salah, who continues to linked with a move away.

The Egypt international scored his 31st goal of the season – and 22nd in the league – at the Hawthorns but was even more delighted at seeing Alisson snatch the winner.

“We are together every day and I know how much Mo is committed to this team and this club, so I don’t need a goal celebration to realise ‘Oh look, now everyone can see it’,” Klopp said ahead of their trip to Burnley as they look for the first of two wins which will secure a top-four spot.

“I was never in doubt about his love for his team-mates or the club, not for one second.”

Liverpool’s late push for Champions League qualification could be boosted by the surprise reappearance of Diogo Jota, who did not play at West Brom and had been ruled out of the remainder of the season due to a problem with a bone in his foot.

However, a second assessment of the injury has left the forward in with a slim chance of being available for Liverpool’s last home match of the season against Crystal Palace.

“The swelling went down and it looked better than first scan. So it’s a tiny chance for the weekend,” said Klopp.

“But good news for Portugal and Diogo himself, the Euros are not in danger. We will see if it’s good enough for us.”


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The Premier League has been granted more time to respond to Newcastle’s claim to the Competition Appeal Tribunal over their collapsed takeover.

League bosses had sought an extension until June 15 to prepare their submissions and evidence on the basis that it is already having to do the same in regard to its ongoing arbitration case with the club.

However, CAT president the Hon Mr Justice Roth, who revealed the governing body has also asked for further time in those proceedings, has granted an extension until June 11.

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In his judgement, published on the CAT website, he said: “I do not see that the defendant will be prejudiced by a limited extension. Taking all this into account, I consider that a slightly more limited extension of time to 11 June 2021 is appropriate and justified.”

Magpies owner Mike Ashley turned to his lawyers after Amanda Staveley’s largely Saudi-funded consortium withdrew its £300million-plus offer for the club last summer after waiting in vain for 17 weeks for the Premier League to complete its owners’ and directors’ test.

Details of the arbitration case filed by Newcastle United remain undisclosed, but one of the issues during the takeover process was the Premier League’s quest for clarity on the relationship between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which was to take an 80 per cent stake in the club, and the state.

The CAT claim, which is being pursued on behalf of Ashley’s St James Holdings Limited, revolves around alleged restrictions on prospective new owners by the league and its member clubs.

It is understood Ashley and the Staveley consortium remain intent upon doing business, although their wait is set to stretch for at least a few more weeks.

The CAT document reveals that the arbitration claim is to be heard “on an expedited basis in July 2021”.


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