Atlético Madrid Full-back Kieran Trippier has admitted he would fancy a Premier
League return, Trippier, 31, quit Tottenham to join Atletico Madrid in 2019 and has
since won LaLiga and captained England.
The last time Kieran Trippier played against Liverpool at the Wanda Metropolitano
he was a Tottenham Hotspur player losing a Champions League final, and with a
career on the slide.
When he faces them on Tuesday night it will be as a Spanish league champion and an
England captain — he was brave enough to make big changes and the rewards have
been just as huge.
‘I know what I came here to do and I have done it,’ says Trippier, 31, reflecting on the
last two seasons with a sense of mission accomplished. He also looks back at the
team’s 3-2 victory at Anfield the last time they faced Liverpool — a game he believes
should never have been played.
And looks forward to the prospect of a Premier League homecoming, and even a
return to Burnley so that old boss Sean Dyche can help launch his coaching career.
But the best place to start is in the car park outside Real Valladolid’s stadium where
Atletico won the title last May, and where Trippier and team-mates celebrated with
supporters who had made the 60-mile journey just to stand outside the ground.
Trippier had joined that small band of Englishmen who have won a major league
abroad and the size of his achievement hit home on the journey back to Madrid.
‘The beers were flowing, everyone was singing,’ he says. ‘The gaffer was all over the
place as well, he was buzzing. It was just an unbelievable feeling.
‘I came here to try to achieve great things and I’d won the league. I just tried to take it
His first call was to his wife, ‘his biggest supporter’, who he says has ‘also broken
through barriers’ following him to Spain with their two children. And there was cake
and balloons waiting for him when he got home and his young son, a budding
goalkeeper who trains at Atletico, was singing, ‘Campeones! Campeones!’ for his
The team Trippier joined in 2019 had shown what they might be capable of when
they won 3-2 at Anfield in extra-time.
‘It was strange night because I think they had about a hundred chances,’ he says.
‘I was speaking to some of the lads before the game because I wanted to let them
know how intense it was going to be. When Liverpool play at home, it really is
‘What I found at Tottenham is if you stay in the game, then 50 or 60 minutes in, the
gaps will open.’