Liverpool face off with Brighton on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.
Ahead of the match, Jurgen Klopp discussed a number of topics in his press conference, including Trent Alexander-Arnold not being used by England in the September break.
When asked about the subject, though, Klopp was his usual angry self:
“Do we really want to open this box? You are English journalists and we cannot discuss selections until the World Cup starts,” he said. “This is why you make massive things of this.”
“My honest opinion would create headlines. You want that? It would maybe help Germany but it wouldn’t help England. I have a lot of things to say but I don’t think it makes sense. We are fine here, it’s completely different. I see Trent differently, that’s clear.
“People talk about him not being a good defender, that’s not true, he is a good defender, he doesn’t always defend good, that’s true. He’s 23. We’re working on it.
“Whatever team I would have at the moment, I would pick Trent. He is exceptional.
“England are blessed with players in this position. Reece James can play 3 at the back, did that well for Chelsea. It’s Gareth’s decision. He made it. I see it different. Doesn’t mean right/wrong.
“Trent came back not in a party mood but he accepts the manager’s decision because he is extremely bright.
“The manager decides and more often than not here it is the case he is picked. It’s clear, he’s a world-class player.”
Liverpool vs Brighton
Liverpool had a truly woeful start to the 2022/23 campaign, which included drawing with Crystal Palace and Fulham, as well as being smashed 4-1 by Napoli in the Champions League.
This sees Liverpool sitting 8th in the division and nine points off top spot already.
However, the Reds do have a game in hand on Arsenal and it is not too late for them to turn their season around and mount a title challenge.
That would likely need Liverpool to pick up a win vs Brighton this weekend, though.
The Seagulls have been in stellar form during the early stages of the season, but have now lost Graham Potter to Chelsea.