Klopp praises Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool's win against West Ham

‘Absolutely insane!’ Jurgen Klopp hails Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance in Liverpool’s 2-1 victory against West Ham… as he urges his players to ‘show their real faces’ as they continue their push for the top four

  • The 24-year-old helped set up Cody Gakpo’s opening goal for Liverpool
  • Klopp was buoyant following the win, the Reds’ third in a row in a patchy season
  • West Ham 1-2 Liverpool: Matip’s header secures victory for resurgent Reds

Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his right back Trent Alexander-Arnold following Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over West Ham on Wednesday evening. 

The Reds saw out their third consecutive victory amidst a patchy season in the capital thanks to a commanding performance that featured goals from Cody Gakpo and Joel Matip. 

Their win on the road leaves Klopp’s side sitting sixth and once again in contention for European football next season. 

But whilst Klopp said that there were many aspects of the game that he ‘loved’, he singled out Alexander-Arnold for particular plaudits. 

‘The stuff Trent [Alexander-Arnold] played – wow,’ Klopp exclaimed whilst speaking to BT Sport after the final whistle. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold put in an ‘absolutely insane’ performance against West Ham 

Jurgen Klopp has made tweaks to Alexander-Arnold’s role in his Liverpool side this season

‘It was absolutely insane’. 

Alexander-Arnold was a vital force for the Reds on Wednesday evening, setting up Gakpo’s opening goal with a cute sideways pass square on Lukasz Fabianski’s net for the Dutchman to calmly get the shot away. 

The 24-year-old’s standout performance is a testament to the tweaks that Klopp has made of late to Alexander-Arnold’s role in his Liverpool side. 

But Klopp also highlighted that his entire playing squad looked back to their best during the pulsating clash. 

‘Maybe the boys have found their feet back, and I liked the football we played,’ Klopp continued.   

‘The first half was the best we have played in ages, it was convincing, it was us and we played football. 

‘We’ve had games this season where people have not recognised us and today we showed it is still in us and I’m pleased with that.’

The German manager added that he ‘loved the first half’.  

‘We played really well, controlled the game – then bang 1-0 down. But we kept playing, scored an incredible goal, kept playing, kept moving them then scored in the second half.

“We needed a set piece but I’m more than happy with that. Yesterday Joel [Matip] had five of them [headers] and put them all in the fence but today put it in the net. I’m really pleased for Joel that he showed up today as it’s not been his season so far.’

The German manager chose not to focus too much on the conversation on Europe next season

But Klopp would not be drawn too much on the topic of who Liverpool might face in Europe next season, should they stay in contention for UEFA competition next season. 

‘If we win all our games we will be in Europe,’ Klopp stated. ‘People ask me about the Champions League but that’s not in our hands as we don’t play any of the teams above us.

‘It’s important we keep going, playing good football and at the end of the season we will see how many points we have. I would like to finish the season as us, then we can build on that next season.

‘I want to take something out of this season for next season. If that’s European competition, that’s great, if not we have to accept it. For a few weeks I want us to show our real faces instead of the nice one one game, then the ugly one the next.’

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