Trent Alexander-Arnold felt the benefits of the Liverpool Bus Parade, says Southgate | liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold was given a boost by Liverpool’s open-top bus parade on Sunday, according to England manager Gareth Southgate, after the heartbreak of the club’s Champions League final defeat. Liverpool lost 1-0 to Real Madrid in Paris on Saturday night, with Alexander-Arnold at fault for the goal, which was scored by Vinicius Junior.

Alexander-Arnold and his teammates were unconvinced whether to hold the parade, said Southgate, who was to celebrate the season as a whole. Liverpool finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester City, despite going on 92 points, but they won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup.

“I have to say Trent took great heart from the parade,” Southgate said, ahead of England’s Nations League game against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday, which Alexander-Arnold could feature in. “I think it was a significant improvement for him and the rest of the team.

“Of course they were disappointed to lose the final, but I think the connection they had with the fans that day was definitely important to him and allowed the whole team to move on. They weren’t sure it was the right thing, but now that they did it, they absolutely acknowledge it was, so I think it was a beautiful moment for all of them.

Alexander-Arnold will stay with the England squad for Tuesday’s game against Germany in Munich before starting his summer break and thus missing the final two games with Italy and Hungary at Molineux – a decision which has been arranged with Southgate ahead of the Champions League final.

Southgate are aware that Alexander-Arnold was the only player in his side not to have had the week off at the end of a grueling Premier League season. Southgate did not call Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, believing it was more beneficial for him to rest.

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