Imagine being 19-years-old, about to play in the Champions League final and now you’ve just been called up by your country to play in the World Cup.
Well, for Trent Alexander-Arnold, he doesn’t need to imagine because that’s exactly what has happened.
The Liverpool right-back was with the rest of his teammates flying off to Marbella - to prepare for their Champions League final clash against Real Madrid - when news broke that he would be heading to Russia with England this summer.
The inclusion of Alexander-Arnold was probably the most surprising pick from Gareth Southgate. But you can’t say the youngster doesn’t deserve it.
After naming his squad, Southgate even reserved a special mention for the youngster.
“The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it,” Southgate said.
But it seems Alexander-Arnold didn’t receive the usual phonecall from Southgate to inform him that he had made the squad.
IT WAS KLOPP THAT TOLD HIM THE NEWS
Instead, Southgate allowed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to reveal the good news.
And Alexander-Arnold has revealed how it went down.
“I’m honoured, excited and feeling really proud,” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“It was an unbelievable moment to find out I was going to go to the World Cup, especially at a young age. It’s probably capped off a really good season for me.
“I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane.
“He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, ‘no’ and he said, ‘Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?’ I was like, ‘No, no holidays or anything…’
“He said to me, ‘OK, good… You’re in the squad!’ It was a really proud moment. On England’s behalf, it was nice of them to let the manager tell me.”
KLOPP ENJOYED TELLING HIM
And Liverpool manager Klopp has revealed just how Alexander-Arnold reacted when he broke the news to him.
“It is nice, a nice story," Klopp said. "Gareth Southgate gave me a call this morning and told me that I am allowed to tell him, but then I had some press work to do and didn’t have time.
“So, in the bus to the plane, I saw Trent for the first time. I thought maybe he knew already and someone else had called him. I had the honour of telling him and it was nice to see the reaction in his eyes. It’s fantastic, it’s well deserved, what a season. What a season! Can you be too young? No. You can be not good enough – but he is good enough.
“It’s just a wonderful little piece more which makes this season special, even before the last game [against Real Madrid].”
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