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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Trent Alexander-Arnold is an example of his ideal player.

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Liverpool boss Klopp: Why Alexander-Arnold has perfect player mix

Martin Keown believes that Liverpool's Andy Robertson should have been included on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or award. The Reds have seven players in the running for the individual prize, which is more than any other team in Europe. Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are the seven Liverpool candidates. Pundit Keown was surprised that Robertson is omitted from the shortlist and has raved about his qualities. The attack-minded left-back is such an important player in the Liverpool team and developed into a superstar under manager Jurgen Klopp.

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"Liverpool have seven representatives in the 30-man Ballon d'Or shortlist but really, they should have eight. Andy Robertson should be in there, too. He and Trent Alexander-Arnold have practically rewritten the rules for full backs," Keown wrote in the Daily Mail. "Robertson seems to have an innate ability to sniff out danger. He covers such a distance and is so good at getting back." TBR's View: Robertson has to be considered one of the top left-backs in the world and he's enjoyed an incredible rise to the top, as he was playing in the fourth-tier of Scottish football at one stage.

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The 25-year-old offers such a great attacking threat when he bombs forward and he's been directly involved in four goals in 14 games across all competitions so far this season. He managed 13 assists across all competitions during the last campaign and is a mainstay in a Liverpool team that won the Champions League last season. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Trent Alexander-Arnold is an example of his ideal player. Alexander-Arnold has made more appearances than both Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher at the same age, with the legendary former Liverpool stars turning out 710 and 737 times respectively for the Reds. "He has a mix of personal education, football education, character, skills, attitude, mentality, and he is on top of all that," Klopp said.

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"He is an absolute Scouser in the best understanding. It's a big task and a big job to be a Scouser as a Liverpool player because you are responsible for pretty much everything. So he has all the good things. "On the outside, when you are a Scouser in the Liverpool team it makes the game away at Manchester United even more difficult because everyone is talking to you the whole week about that and we will see the same again next year when we play them away. "Apart from that, he is so impressive, so impressive. When I first saw him, I saw that this is something special but he had to work hard to make that really obvious. "He is good, it's really a pleasure to work with him to be honest. He is very aggressive in a positive way. It really is a pleasure to work with him, great." Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold posts throwback ahead of rival clash Trent Alexander-Arnold has posted a throwback to celebrate three years in Liverpool first team, having made his debut in October 2016. Rather fittingly, on what will be the very anniversary of the moment he slipped on a Reds shirt for the very first time (at least at senior level) Alexander-Arnold will face Tottenham Hotspur – the side he lined up against in arguably his greatest moment in sport, winning the Champions League final – and the very team who he made his club debut against. Watch Liverpool Live Streams With StreamFootball.tv Below Since his introduction, Alexander-Arnold has developed into one of the Premier League's finest right-backs, and arguably one of the most proficient 'modern' full-backs in the world – having accumulated a record high 12 top-flight assists last term. Looking considerably younger than the hardened international defender we know him as today, Alexander-Arnold posted a simple caption, 'time flies! 3 years since my debut…loving it', alongside his throwback image… If there's a sure-fire way of making yourself feel old, that was it.