“I was ordered to do it” – Klopp jokes why he played 19-year-old Reds star vs Swansea

JURGEN KLOPP joked he was pressured into starting Trent Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool’s Boxing Day clash with Swansea.

The Reds hosted the Premier League’s basement team on Merseyside last night.

And 19-year-old right-back Alexander-Arnold celebrated a seventh top-flight start of the season with his first Anfield goal.

He latched on to a loose ball just inside the penalty area before poking a strike in off the crossbar.

After Liverpool’s 5-0 thrashing of Swansea, Klopp revealed one reason why Alexander-Arnold had been picked ahead of Joe Gomez.

“It’s fantastic,” Klopp exclaimed. “His mother told me last week that on Boxing Day the whole part of the family from America would be there.

“I asked ‘is that an order for him to be in the line-up?’ Klopp said, shrugging his shoulders and laughing

“First half, like the whole team he could have done better.

“But he was fantastic and scored a good goal. Good news for the family Alexander-Arnold.”

Speaking on his goal, Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s a dream come true to score at Anfield, especially to win.

“I’ve scored two goals away from home but it’s good to get one at Anfield, especially at the Kop. I had a few family members here.”

On what Klopp said to him at full-time, he added: “He was really happy with the goal.

“I got an elbow to the face at one point and he said I had to get back up unless I had a broken nose.

“The performance could have been better, especially in the first half.”

Alexander-Arnold will be hoping he starts again on Saturday when Liverpool host Leicester.