Trent Alexander-Arnold: How Jurgen Klopp told me about making England’s World Cup squad
Alexander-Arnold has been rewarded for his fine finish to the season by being selected for next month’s tournament in Russia.
The 19-year-old found out before travelling with the Liverpool squad to Marbella for a four-day training camp ahead of the Champions League final with Real Madrid on May 26.
And the defender has revealed Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was the person who told him he was in England’s squad before he boarded the plane to Spain
“I’m honoured, excited and feeling really proud,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It was an unbelievable moment to find out I was going to go to the World Cup, especially at a young age. It’s probably capped off a really good season for me.
“I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane.
“He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, ‘no’ and he said, ‘Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?’ I was like, ‘No, no holidays or anything…’
“He said to me, ‘OK, good… You’re in the squad!’ It was a really proud moment. On England’s behalf, it was nice of them to let the manager tell me.”
Alexander-Arnold then thanked his Liverpool team-mates and those that have helped him in his career for the call-up.
“The lads have all congratulated me and said really well done,” he added. “It’s nice to get the recognition from your teammates as well.
“It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for them, so I have to thank them, the manager and everyone else who has supported me along the way. I have to say a special thanks to everyone, especially my family for helping me get so far.
“Everyone who has been there along the way, even going back to when I was really young, around the age of six.
“Everyone who has played a part, I just want to say thanks to them because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today. It’s a thanks to all of them. I hope they can all feel as proud as I do about getting the call up.”