Jurgen Klopp has stressed this season as a ‘team effort’ on more than one occasion over the past few months and that unity is shining through.
Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has been outstanding when called upon in the first team this season and is seemingly progressing by the day given the opportunity to train alongside the club’s senior players.
There is an obvious togetherness about this squad despite a difficult run of results of late and the 18-year-old is noticing his own personal progression because of this.
The team are currently in La Manga in the middle of a five day mid-season training camp as Klopp looks to bring his players closer and prepare them for an important finish to the campaign.
Speaking whilst in Spain, Alexander-Arnold told Liverpoolfc.com: “Every day I’m getting more comfortable around the first team and they’re really helpful in that way, they’re always telling us to be ourselves and try and enjoy it as much as we can – and that’s what all of us youngsters try to do.”
“I suppose at the start I was quite shy and timid, but that’s what you’d expect from a young lad coming through.”
“The quicker you can settle in and be confident around them, the better, because once you’re confident around them then you can be confident when you’re training and playing, and that’s when you get the best out of yourself, I think.”
Seeing first team regulars turn a focus towards helping the development of youngsters is refreshing, especially when it comes to such a talented individual like Alexander-Arnold.
Rarely has he made a mistake when featuring under Klopp and even at such a young age there is talk of him competing for a start.
He is certainly going the right way about ensuring his potential for a bright future becomes a reality.