Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp likes the fact that he and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino power the English national team.
Gareth Southgate’s last squad featured four players each from the two clubs, with Harry Kane to be added to England’s ranks for this summer’s World Cup.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana represented Liverpool, while Nathaniel Clyne missed out through injury, James Milner has retired and Trent Alexander-Arnold is surely on the verge of a call-up.
“They are here because they’re really good – not because they’re English or British,” he told The Guardian.
“But if you have two players at the same level and one is English and the other is from somewhere else I always go for the English guy.
“They keep the mood good and for them it’s easy to feel the club’s history.
“But we have fantastic boys from all over the world and they love the club. Roberto Firmino has such a Liverpool heart. But the English guys lead the group.
“Tottenham and us we are pretty much the English national team and I like that.”
Both Manchester United and Manchester City provided three players each to Southgate’s last squad.
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