Trent Alexander-Arnold has dedicated his life and soul to Liverpool Football Club. The 19-year-old has spent 68% of his lifetime with his beloved Reds, after joining the academy in 2004 at the age of just six.
Former captain and club legend Steven Gerrard has tipped the England under-21 international to achieve greatness at Anfield, and he’s made an instantaneous impression since making his senior debut in October 2016 at 18-years-old.
“He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood. So Trent is another Scouser and apparently, just as I tried to be John Barnes and Steve McMahon, he grew up pretending to be me while playing in the Merseyside parks.“He can play as a number 6, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions. I know England are all over him.”
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He shares many similarities with ‘Steve G’, who is regarded by many as the club’s greatest ever player. Gerrard was born in the Merseyside suburb of Whiston, whereas ‘TAA’ was born 10 minutes walking distance from Liverpool’s training ground Melwood in West Derby. The pair also joined the club academy at a very young age, and made their senior debuts at 18-years-old.
Former manager Brendan Rodgers identified Trent’s potential at an early stage and awarded him his unofficial debut during their pre-season tour of the United States in 2015 at just 17. After tasting first team experience before reaching 18, he was raring to continue his progress, but it immediately stalled after the arrival of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp would finally give him his long-awaited competitive debut at senior level in October 2016. He started at right-back in an EFL Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur and impressed as he helped The Reds into the 5th Round with a 2-1 win. Graham Souness spoke highly of the then 18-year-old, stating that “he has all the attributes to be a top player.”
However, the young full-back couldn’t afford to be awestruck by the comments from such admirable icons, as complacency would cost him his place in the Liverpool squad. Fortunately, he remained grounded and is in pole position to become Liverpool’s first-choice right-back in the near future.
The Breakthrough Season
Trent Alexander-Arnold may have achieved his dream of representing Liverpool in the Premier League, but he was yet to establish himself in the senior squad and still featured for the reserves. At the end of the previous season he was voted Liverpool’s Young Player of the Season and grabbed his increase in first team opportunities with both hands.
Klopp has been heralded for his ability to produce young players during his famous spell at Borussia Dortmund. The German nurtured and developed the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Shinji Kagawa, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze. He quickly recognised that Alexander-Arnold has the potential to reach similar heights in the professional game, and handed him a long-term deal at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for Liverpool with a stunning free-kick in a UEFA Champions League qualifying win over Hoffenheim. He became the third youngest Liverpool player to score on his European debut.
To date, Alexander-Arnold has made 19 appearances this season, scoring 3 goals in all competitions. The sky is the limit for this young star, who boasts an extreme amount of pace, combined with passion and determination. His level of talent still remains raw but Klopp has the ability to amend his teething problems and shape him into a valuable member at Anfield.