Jurgen Klopp: Trent Alexander-Arnold will not focus too much on scoring goals after Newcastle stunner

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  • Jürgen Klopp
    German association football player and manager
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
    English association football player
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Jurgen Klopp is confident that Trent Alexander-Arnold will not lose focus on his defensive work after showing off his goalscoring prowess with a wonder goal against Newcastle.

The right-back notched his second strike of the campaign on Thursday with a powerful hit from distance in front of the Kop - something that Klopp reckons he may have to wait five years before he can try it again.

With a trip to Antonio Conte’s Tottenham next up, the Liverpool boss praised Alexander-Arnold for not neglecting his defensive responsibilities despite being capable of such a goal.

"It's part of the game and part of things he wants to improve but I don't think he gets up in the morning and thinks, ‘How can I score the next goal?’," he told reporters.

"It is to improve his game and there is enough space and enough time for him to improve his game in so many parts; reading situations better, dealing with situations better, so many parts of the game he can improve and he is already a world-class player.

"I didn't ask him but probably when he grew up and he watched Liverpool games he saw Steven Gerrard quite frequently scoring goals like this and knowing you have a very good shooting technique yourself, you want to score these kind of goals.

"It's not the case that he is 20 times a game in the position in the half-left half-space where he scored the goal from yesterday.

"But scoring from there is obviously something he might have to wait another five years for because it's just not his position."

Klopp noted that he is also adapting his gameplan to make the most of Alexander-Arnold, who has previously been the subject of debates as to whether he should play higher up the pitch.

"It's just the next step in his whole development, we adapt our game to his skills, he puts in his skills in our different plans," said the German. "He obviously plays different positions on the pitch more than in the beginning because he's just a much more mature player.

"Of course he is still in the right-back position to defend especially, then he's a right winger, then he's an eight, a six, a playmaker. He's a lot of different things for us and enjoys it but it's tough, he's still young and it's an intense period.

"It was not his best game last night - it was one of his best goals, yes - but that's completely normal. Even on a night when not everything is clicking you can be the decisive man and that's what he was last night."

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