Liverpool give 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold a second contract within the space of eight months in order to tie him down to the club until 2022.
Alexander-Arnold already signed new terms with Liverpool back in November 2016, extending his stay at Anfield until 2021. However, Klopp has been impressed with his progress already and handed him a further extension, as he looks to challenge Nathaniel Clyne for the starting spot at right back next season.
The homegrown defender made seven Premier League appearances for the Reds last season, with his full debut coming against rivals Manchester United.
After turning down the opportunity to represent England Under-19s in the European Championships in Georgia that are currently taking place, Alexander-Arnold reported back to Melwood this week for pre-season.
He decided against featuring for the youth national side due to fears over jeopardising his first team chances in the Liverpool side.
Liverpool travel to Hong Kong for their pre-season tour after warming up against Tranmere Rovers and Wigan Athletic.
“It’s exciting, a proud moment for me and my family. I’m excited for the good times ahead, hopefully.”
He acknowledged that it will take a lot of hard work however has previously stated he won’t be satisfied till he’s made Liverpool Captain!
“But I’ve said before, the hard work definitely doesn’t stop now. It’s only just beginning. Hopefully I’ll have many more moments like last season in this season and the seasons to come.
“I can’t take it for granted, the position and opportunity I’ve been given. Every day I’m trying to maximise the opportunity and do well.”
Jurgen Klopp has made his thoughts on the youngster clear, and the new contract shows just how much the German manager wants to keep him at the club.
“You can never be satisfied with where you are. There is always room for improvement. It’s not a good thing if you ever are satisfied in football, you’ve always got to strive for better,” added Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2016-17, making his competitive debut in the League Cup against Tottenham Hotspur and playing in 11 more games, including seven in the Premier League.
“Maybe you can dwell on achievements for a little bit but you can’t dwell on them for weeks or months. You’ve got to get back to the hard work.
An amazing lad with a superb attitude, we wish him all the best for the future!
“That’s what I’ll do straight away – I’ll get back into training, I’ll work hard and I’ll try to fight for a place in the team.”