The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold

With the Champions League final looming large it’s a good time to be a Liverpool player but for one of our youngsters, it’s just got even better as today it was announced that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad heading to the World Cup in Russia this summer. It’s an amazing achievement for a 19 year old, especially a defender.

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Trent was born 7th October 1998 in West Derby. Aged just 6 years old Trent’s name was drawn out of a hat at school to attend an LFC training camp, where he was spotted by academy coach Ian Barrigan, who subsequently offered him the chance to join our academy and he has incredibly been at the club ever since. He went on to captain the club at U16 and U18 levels before eventually making his debut for the senior side on 25th October 2016 in a 2-1 EFL cup victory over Spurs aged just 18. An incredible achievement for a local lad singled out by no less than Steven Gerrard who praised the youngster in his 2015 autobiography.

Since making his Premier League debut against no other than Man United, the right back hasn’t looked back. A long term injury to Nathaniel Clyne opened the door for Trent and Joe Gomez to battle it out for the club’s first choice right back position and after initially being behind Gomez in the pecking order, a string of sensational performances in the league and Champions League has him now positioned firmly as first choice right back and if I was Nathaniel Clyne, I think I’d be starting to look for pastures new as I can’t see him usurping Trent long term now which is a huge compliment to the 19 year old, given Clyne’s experience and pedigree as a senior pro.

It’s not all been plain sailing for the lad this season though (the last game against United springs to mind) but no young player is going to deliver consistently brilliant performances week after week and making mistakes is how a young player learns. He’s been good more often than not though and sensational at times.

In a breakthrough season where he made his Champions League debut, scored his first Champions League goal with a superb free kick against Hoffenheim and has reached the final, being called up to the World Cup with the senior squad really is the cherry on the cake and is thoroughly deserved for the lad. His passing, crossing and physicality have turned him into an excellent right back and the exciting thing is, he’s nowhere near finished his development.

Eventually I see Trent as a CM but versatility is a must for the modern player and with the ability to play full back or any of our midfield three positions, Trent has versatility in abundance which can only benefit both him and the club.

Ultimately, what he’s achieved this season must have been beyond his wildest dreams. Can anyone think of another English defender called into a senior World Cup squad aged just 19? I can’t off the top of my head and as I’ve stated, it’s a fantastic achievement for the lad.

Alas however, his inclusion in the World Cup squad leaves me with a dilemma.. As a proud Scot, we’re bred to want the England national team to lose which always leaves me with a conundrum when watching England as I want the LFC players to do well but the team  overall to lose... :-/
So best of luck to Trent, Hendo and the boys, I hope they have a good World Cup (just not too good) ;-)

So walk on to Russia Trent, we’re all behind you and I for one can’t wait to see how he develops over the next couple of years. YNWA
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