Trent Alexander-Arnold is closing in on his 100th senior appearance for Liverpool, the Spurs game will be his 99th, which is incredible when you remember he’s still just 21-years-old.
The full back has recovered from an illness which kept him out of the Reds’ Champions League fixture against Genk, a and is expected to return against Tottenham.
Jurgen Klopp believes that Trent has a bigger task than most in the Liverpool squad, as he’s the Scouser in the team and big things are expected of local lads from fans.
“Trent has a mix of personal education, football education, character, skills, attitude, mentality, and he is on top of all that. He is absolutely a Scouser in the best understanding,” the manager told the Guardian.
“It’s a big task and a big job to be a Scouser as a Liverpool player because you are responsible for pretty much everything. So he has all the good things.
“On the outside, when you are a Scouser in the Liverpool team it makes the game away at Manchester United even more difficult because everyone is talking to you the whole week about that and we will see the same again next year away.
“Apart from that he is so impressive. When I first saw him, I saw that this is something special but he had to work hard to make that really obvious. It’s really a pleasure to work with him to be honest.
“He is very aggressive in a positive way.”
I’ve got to be honest, I like how Klopp is using the word ‘Scouser’ as a positive adjective here! The boss is paying a huge compliment to Trent.
The responsibility on the lad’s shoulders and how he hopes with this added weight is even more impressive when you remember he’s still just 21.
Trent has a huge future at Liverpool, and I hope he wants to finish his career with the Reds, but I’m not sure he’ll always be a right back at Anfield.