Klopp hammers Alexander-Arnold twice in opening 15 minutes vs Man Utd

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was heard 'roasting' Trent Alexander-Arnold twice in the early stages of the Reds' clash with rivals Manchester United at Anfield.

Alexander-Arnold came into the game off the back of a poor display against Southampton in his last appearance for the club, with the full-back giving the ball away 38 times during the match.

And Klopp was not happy with his performance in the opening 15 minutes of the clash with United, with European football expert Julien Laurens tweeting: "Jurgen Klopp not happy at all with Trent Alexander Arnold so far. Twice he has roasted him already over his positioning."

Alexander-Arnold was part of a makeshift Liverpool defence, with midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson starting at centre-back and Andrew Robertson at left-back.

Speaking ahead of the game, Klopp revealed that Joel Matip did not recover in time to feature, saying: "Joel could take part in some parts of the sessions on Friday but now it is Sunday so that is obviously not enough.

"From tomorrow he will train normally."

With Henderson absent in midfield, Xherdan Shaqiri was given a surprise start, his first in the Premier League since December 2019.

"Shaq is in really good shape," Klopp added. "He's been good in training. He had a good performance last time out. He is now getting rhythm. He shows everyday he is ready to go, so we let him go."

Asked about the game in general, Klopp said: "I don't think about form right now – we had a couple of days of really good training. How we defend and play them is what is important. It's not about the names or the shirts, it's about the people.

"We want to attack – we have to defend but we want to attack. League positions this early in the season are more a public thing than a football team thing.

"We have to be brave, we have to play really brave football. We have to be cheeky in moments, be well organised but not hid behind organisation. We have to be brave defensively as well. Played good football, between the lines and calm but lively."

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