Trent Alexander-Arnold is clearly a special talent, but because the teenager has so far been out of the spotlight, we don’t know an awful lot about him.
This term he’s broken through into genuine first-team consideration and is now backing up Nathaniel Clyne at right-back for the first-team.
For the Under-23s, he’s been sublime, and in truth, is already too good for that level of football.
Jurgen Klopp knows this, but he’s the perfect manager to help the Scouser’s development.
Alexander-Arnold is humble. He’s not demanding minutes and is happy for the boss to take control of his progression. Recently, he claimed it all became ‘real’ when he saw a fan wearing his name on the back of his shirt…
“That was when it kicked in fully,” he told the Daily Mail.. “I was taken aback. I never thought I could mean that much to someone. I’m just a lad playing for Liverpool trying to achieve his dream.
“So to see a lad with my name on his shirt — when I grew up having the names of other players on my shirt — it meant a lot.
“I have achieved goals, but the dream is to captain Liverpool. I have not achieved that yet. There will be goals to achieve along the way, but until I captain Liverpool I will not be satisfied.”
It’ll be interesting to see how much game-time Alexander-Arnold gets next term…
Clyne is not a player who needs replacing, but our teenager’s talent is such that the England international could still be usurped.
That’s if he stays as a right-back… For our youth teams, he’s dominated in central midfield, so anything is possible.