Jürgen Klopp has called for fans to remain grounded over Trent Alexander-Arnold’s potential ability while also providing an update on Clyne’s fitness.
Liverpool are set to hand Trent Alexander-Arnold a rest against Crystal Palace after manager Jürgen Klopp revealed he was worried about over-playing the young right-back.
The German revealed that he still doesn’t know when Nathaniel Clyne – who has been a mainstay since Klopp arrived in October 2015 – will be back fit but that Alexander-Arnold will not be relied upon in every game that comes during his absence.
When asked if he knew how long it would be before he could expect Clyne to return, Klopp responded: “No.”
“We sorted it and with all experts and everything, not just our own medical department. Having a rest and doing a program in the summer, he would be sorted. But he started again and was not. That’s how medicine is.”
“I have had situations like this before. For us it’s another situation which is not perfect. We work on these things to find a solution.”
His absence has seen Alexander-Arnold handed a starting berth in Liverpool’s first two matches of the campaign and he even got on the score sheet in their recent Champions League qualifying fixture against Hoffenheim with a sensational free kick. Klopp however has been quick to play down the youngsters ability, preferring not to overhype the player.
“Yes, he is a big talent but I think we speak too much about him,” he said.
“That’s not my problem because I want a situation where the boy can develop, make mistakes. Did I laugh at the mistake he made (for the Hoffenheim goal)? No. But it showed everything in one game.”
“That’s how young players are. He’s a young boy with a few more skills than the others, 100%, but it’s not just the goal or the free kick – it was the other set pieces, the crosses were very good.”
“He has a lot to learn, a lot to adapt. I can only change situations if I have the opportunities but can we have five full backs come through? Of course not. There are a lot of challenges. Until he is 35 and 36 and finished his career it’s a long way.”
“Having already played and scored in the Champions League is really nice. It’s a problem if you compare because there will be other situations. It’s up and down a bit more with younger players.”