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Jurgen Klopp left Liverpool dressing room ‘shook for hours’ but told squad: ‘Don’t let it get to you’

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Jurgen Klopp left Liverpool dressing room ‘shook for hours’ but told squad: ‘Don’t let it get to you’

 

 

Trent Alexander-Arnold has recalled how the Liverpool dressing room reacted to Jurgen Klopp announcing he will be walking away as boss at the end of the season.

 

The Liverpool dressing room was “shook for hours” after Jurgen Klopp announced he was stepping down as boss.

 

That’s according to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who said the Reds were knocked for six by Klopp’s surprise decision, especially as things have been going so well in recent years.

 

Klopp announced in January that this would be his final season at the Anfield helm, with the German set to embark on a sabbatical after nine years on Merseyside.

The Reds, who have already won the Carabao Cup this season, have rallied since the news and are aiming to give Klopp the best possible send-off with a second Premier League title.

 

Alexander-Arnold has recalled how the Liverpool team reacted to the news in January, telling Sky Sports: “Just a complete surprise to all of us as players, it was one that we didn’t see coming, you never do, especially when things are going so well.

 

“We were flying, up and around the top of the league, we’re fighting on all four fronts at that point for every trophy we could so you’re expecting the good times to keep coming and coming and coming.

 

“So when he tells us the news and his decision we have got to respect it obviously but it’s one of them no player wants to hear and it was one that kind of shook the dressing room for a couple of hours.

 

“But he told us, ‘Look we’re professionals, don’t let it get to us’. There will be a lot of noise around, of course, but we have got to go and do our job, try and win games and give him the best possible finish.”

 

Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi has been tipped as a possible replacement for Klopp after favourite Xabi Alonso ruled himself out of the running.

 

Alexander-Arnold was asked for his thoughts on the Seagull boss and claimed his side were one of the hardest Liverpool faced last season.

 

He added: “I think they buy into the game plan, I think they know what they’re doing, they’re well drilled in what they do, they believe in it and they go an execute it.

 

“And the confidence in what they do, and they don’t really care where they are or who they’re playing against, they’ll play the way they’ve been told to play and I think they are a team that likes to play and to play out from the back and to take risks.

 

“But when it comes off, as a player playing against them, it is incredibly difficult. I said it last season they were probably the toughest opponent we found that we played against, just incredibly difficult to try and press them, they’ll pick you apart and outnumber you in the middle.

 

“You don’t really know where to go and press them but I think obviously this season it’s a little bit different for them and the way they’ve been playing but it’s going to be a difficult game, the lads know that and I’m sure we have a game plan to stop them.”

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