Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp compares his playing days to Trent Alexander-Arnold


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his playing style was nothing like that of fellow right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The German spent more than a decade as a professional footballer and is known back home mainly for his stint with Bundesliga side Mainz.

He made close to 350 appearances for the club before starting his managerial career with them in 2001.

Klopp was known for his versatility and played all over the pitch, including as a striker and a midfielder, but played the majority of his career as a right-back.

The Reds boss has gone on to excel in management with Borussia Dortmund and now at Anfield and is renowned for his all-action style of football.

But as a player he says he was not all that pretty on the eye, unlike current Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold.

Klopp was asked to compare himself as a right-back to that of the youngster, to which he had to laugh.

“I was very quick, a very good header of the ball, and a great volleyer,” he told Sky Sports .

“I never had a great picture of myself as a footballer but every manager I had in my career played me all the time.

“I started as a striker, then as a No 10, then a No 6 for a few games, then became a right full-back and stayed as that for seven years.

“Haha, my game was a bit different to Trent but I would have loved his crosses because then I would have been a proper striker.

“I loved the game too much to stop playing but I hated my own football but he is different to watch.”

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Alexander-Arnold is quickly evolving into one of the best modern full-backs in the game and is one of the first names on the team sheet under Klopp.

His athleticism coupled with his wonderful passing ability has given the team another dimension in recent years along with left-back Andy Robertson.

Klopp is the first one to admit that he prefers the management side of the game to the playing side and Reds fans will be happy with that.

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