Liverpool sensation on 40-man shortlist for prestigious award

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Trent Alexander-Arnold has seen his rise to stardom earn him a spot on the 40-man shortlist for the 2018 Golden Boy award.

The Liverpool defender is one of four Premier League players to be nominated, with Manchester City’s Phil Foden, Everton’s Tom Davies and Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot also making the list.

20 players will be cut from the shortlist in November, before 30 journalists across Europe decide on the winner of the best young footballer prize in December.

Alexander-Arnold is undoubtedly deserving of a place on the condensed list following a stunning 2017/2018 season in which he cemented a starting spot at Liverpool, played in a Champions League final and earned a place in England’s World Cup squad.

Reds can vote for the 19-year-old on the Tuttosport website, here.

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Notable contenders for the accolade include Paris Saint-Germain’s World Cup winner and 2017 Golden Boy Kylian Mbappe, Borussia Dortmund’s former Liverpool target Christian Pulisic and Roma’s Justin Kluivert.

Alexander-Arnold’s fellow youth graduates Ben Woodburn and Herbie Kane had both also been named on the initial 100-man shortlist.

The teenager has enjoyed a remarkable year in senior football, flourishing in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne last season to assert himself as Jurgen Klopp’s first choice right-back.

He was particularly outstanding against City’s Leroy Sane over Liverpool’s Champions League quarter-final clash, before later producing an assured display on the way towards defeat to Real Madrid in the final.

Picking up where he left off last season, Alexander-Arnold has threatened as a valuable attacking outlet across Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the league campaign.

In another eye-opening European night, he also recently resigned Neymar to a disappointing outing at Anfield in the Reds’ dramatic 3-2 win over PSG.

With 50 first-team appearances for Liverpool already on the clock, there is plenty more to come from the boyhood Red.

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