Liverpool fans have rallied to the support of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who broke his social media silence for the first time since he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad last Thursday.
Alexander-Arnold, 22, instead of reporting for international duty this week, will remain on Merseyside with Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool teammates.
Steven Gerrard said he was “surprised” by the decision to drop Alexander-Arnold for the Three Lions’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers. He also described the Liverpool defender as the “best English right-back in the country.”
The 22-year-old, who only has 12 England caps, as it stands, won’t be involved in the upcoming fixtures against San Marino, Albania and Poland.
Southgate instead chose to select Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker and Reece James ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League-winning academy graduate.
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Despite Klopp lauding as Alexander-Arnold as one of his most consistent players since December, Southgate attributed his decision to snub the Liverpool man was down to “form”.
The Athletic later reported that Alexander-Arnold was, understandably, left “devastated” following a phone call from the England manager. He has since kept a low-profile on social media.
However, Alexander-Arnold has since broken his silence on Twitter, after he posted a video of his collaboration with EA’s ‘Win As One’ campaign.
The two-minute video features a number of clips of where Alexander-Arnold previously put in the hard yards before making the grade at Liverpool.
The influence of his family is also credited following Alexander-Arnold’s incredibly rise to the summit of European football.
For supporters, it represents the first opportunity for Kopites to showcase their support to Alexander-Arnold, who is currently dealing with one of the toughest moments of his already illustrious career.
Unsurprisingly, a number of fans have let their feelings known to Southgate, who has selected an England squad who will play three consecutive matches without a single Liverpool player featuring for the first time since a run of five matches from May to September 1997.
Here are a selection of responses from Liverpool supporters offering their support to Alexander-Arnold.