7th July 2017
Jürgen Klopp believes Trent Alexander-Arnold’s commitment to development means his new long-term Liverpool deal is fully deserved – but challenged the young defender to ultimately show this is just the latest step on the road to reaching his maximum potential.
The 18-year-old dedicated his future to his boyhood club by inking the deal at Melwood on Friday afternoon, capping off an incredible 12 months in which he has risen from the Academy ranks and established himself firmly within the Reds’ first-team set-up.
“It is fantastic news and brilliant that the club have again rewarded his progress,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com. “I think our appeal to young players with the right attitude is clear: if they commit to their football we will make sure we do well for their present and futures.
“Trent and the people he has in his life – personally and professionally – make such smart decisions. I love that he is so humble, yet has such big ambitions. This is a wonderful mixture.
“The club have made it clear to all our young players that as they grow and improve so will our commitment to them. This is an example of that. We offer opportunity – that’s key to what we believe in – but we also offer a culture where progress is rewarded. Trent has earned this new deal.”