Jurgen Klopp has said Trent Alexander-Arnold is ready become Liverpool’s vice-captain having improved so much over the last few months.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Anfield manager revealed his reasoning behind selecting the England international as Liverpool’s new vice-captain, with Virgil van Dijk taking the armband from Jordan Henderson.
The Dutch international has been captain in every single Liverpool friendly this summer, with Alexander-Arnold now taking the vice duties despite other candidates in the squad arguably being more suited to the role.
Andy Roberton and Mohamed Salah are both captain’s of their national teams, whilst Alisson Becker’s experience and quality made the Brazilian international another ideal fit for the position.
However, Klopp decided on Alexander-Arnold, with the Liverpool manager saying on the surprise club decision: “The vice-captaincy, I just think Trent is ready.
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“He is our Scouser, he is playing for me pretty much since the beginning, if not then half a year later he was with us. He improved, he developed as a player and as a person massively.”
Alexander-Arnold is a perfect pick for Liverpool’s vice-captain
Alexander-Arnold might be one of the youngest players in the Liverpool squad, but that doesn’t mean the defender should be excluded from the conversation of the Reds’ vice-captain.
As Klopp mentions, Alexander-Arnold has been part of the Liverpool first-team squad for some years now, with the 24-year-old becoming a regular since the age of 18.
Moreover, Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool heritage and being a local lad will resonate with supporters, who are seemingly pleased to see the homegrown hero become vice-captain of the club.