Jurgen Klopp: "He is a wonderful player"

The boss was impressed with the matchwinner's performance today.
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Liverpool made a welcome return to the top four after beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday. It was also their first win at Anfield since beating Tottenham by the same scoreline back in December. 

Despite dominating the first half, the visitors took the lead after Alisson failed to stop Ollie Watkin's tame effort. Just before the break, Liverpool thought they had equalised through Roberto Firmino. However, VAR controversially chalked off the goal, judging Diogo Jota to have been offside in the build up.

Mohamed Salah grabbed a deserved leveller later on, after heading home Emiliano Martinez' parried save. In the dying moments of the game, Trent Alexander-Arnold struck a sensational winner with England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands.

Trent Alexander-Arnold Shaqiri

After the game, Jurgen Klopp touched upon the fullback and his recent omission from the international squad.


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"For the player, especially, he wants to be in the [England] squad. But I really think we don't have to talk much more. [He is] a wonderful player, Gareth agrees but he makes a decision and we respect that. [There's] nothing to talk about."

"Trent played exceptional vs Arsenal and [again] today. Real Madrid, we don't have to hide that, the second goal, of course. That's football. He just has to play football. Nothing to do with national team, just to develop [himself]."

"I have to make big decisions every day like Gareth. Just let the boy play football and we say no more. It's a made-up story, if you like."