Trent Alexander-Arnold looks on the verge of a World Cup call-up and could soon be starting in a Champions League Final, yet less than 12 months ago, he felt lucky if he was allowed to train with Liverpool’s seniors.
Now that is a meteoric rise.
The teenager has been phenomenal at right-back during our Champions League run, pocketing Leroy Sane against Manchester City and putting in a superb performance at home to AS Roma as well.
But it’s being around Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff last summer that really helped Trent ready himself for the season ahead.
According to the Scouser, the coaches only told him he’d be with the first-team one day at a time, to ensure he gave his everything and took nothing for granted in each session.
“If you take your foot off the gas there’s always someone who wants your spot. So it’s important you don’t do that. Every day when I was told I was going to train with the first team I’d to take it day by day,” he told Sky Sports.
“The coaching staff at Melwood helped because they didn’t tell us that we were going to be here for four weeks. They’d say, ‘Yeah, you’re coming back tomorrow’. Every day you’d go on the pitch not knowing if you’d be back at the academy or staying. So you left everything out there. That’s what I’ve really taken with me, train every day like it’s your last session.”
Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez are England internationals, but right now, they’re very much backup to Trent.
That symbolises just how exceptional he’s been, especially after struggling at Old Trafford and Selhurst Park in March.