Former Liverpool coach Michael Beale reckons Trent Alexander-Arnold could usurp Nathaniel Clyne in the first-team this season, based on the progression our teenager has shown this summer.
During the friendlies he’s been extremely impressive and is looking every bit as good as the more experienced England international he’s competing with.
Beale worked closely with our teenage prodigy since 2012, before he left to Brazil for a spell with Sao Paulo, but has been keeping a close eye on his former protege.
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“He’s gone from strength to strength. Even this pre-season, I’m watching him and thinking Clyne has got his work cut out. Trent doesn’t look like he wants to wait any more, he looks like he believes he’s ready to challenge now!” Beale told the Mirror.
“I think with the amount of games, he’ll be a first team challenger who can play 15 plus games hopefully and be very exciting. If you can show in training, and maybe dislodge an England right-back, then it’s very exciting.”
Clyne is currently more able defensively, but Alexander-Arnold is arguably more dynamic and poses more threat going forward. For this reason, at home to weaker sides this coming term, we think the younger man may often get the nod, while Clyne will play against stronger teams or when we’re away from home.