Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has credited Trent Alexander-Arnold for the way he has responded this week following a difficult game against Manchester United last weekend.
The teenage full-back endured a tough afternoon at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford got the better of him twice to score his side’s goals in the 2-1 loss.
But Klopp has backed the youngster following some criticism in the aftermath of the game at his press conference ahead of this weekend’s return to action.
“The reason he is playing is not because he is Trent or a Scouser, it’s only because of his quality. That’s why he played.” he said.
“His quality is obvious and his areas for improvement are obvious as well.
“That his strength is a little bit more in the offensive part of the position is obvious.
“The first goal, he was involved 100%; that was of course not our best defending but not from him alone.
“He is the youngest of all the players who made a mistake around that situation.
“It can always happen, that’s not a big thing. At his age, he will make mistakes, there is no chance to avoid them constantly.
“Then it’s all about the reaction, and I think he reacted in the game pretty well.
“He was not too impressed. He is on a very good way.” he continued.
Alexander-Arnold has been in and out of the side for much of the season as Klopp has rotated him along with fellow young defender Joe Gomez at right-back in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne.
There has been much debate over which of the pair is the better option, but Klopp has enjoyed having the two developing players at his disposal.
“We have Joe [Gomez] as well, who had a little injury only but that can sometimes mean you are out for two or three games because the other one is playing pretty well.
“That is what happened. Now we will see who will start at the weekend.” he finished.
Liverpool face Watford at Anfield on Saturday evening in the Premier League.