Klopp: I respect Southgate's decision on Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is respectful of Gareth Southgate's decision not to call up full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold to the England squad after the defender capped an eventful week with a stoppage-time winner against Aston Villa.

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JERGEN KLOPP: For the player, especially-- though he's not really bothered about the discussion around, he-- he wants to be in the squad. I think that's clear. But I really think we don't have to talk too much about it. So there. He's a wonderful player. I think we all agree. Gareth agrees-- a really wonderful player.

And there is a point you have to make a decision. And we respect that. [INAUDIBLE] respects that. I respect that.

And to be in the squad for England, you have to play outstanding football. Trent did this very, very often in a very young age. So there's just nothing really to talk about. There will be tough decisions not only in that position in the summer for-- for Gareth. And just like I have to make tough decisions every day, but that's normal in the job. But we don't have to talk about it. Just leave the boy playing football, what he's pretty good in, and don't talk anymore about it. Because in the end, it's like a made up story, if you want, a little bit. Meanwhile, in the first moment, it's clear. You have to-- somebody asks. You have to answer. Meanwhile, we may have made that up, and we don't have to-- should not do that.