Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is making a name for himself having broken into the Reds first team squad this year. Debuting in the EFL Cup win over Tottenham before making his Premier League bow against Middlesbrough in December. Just recently an injury last minute to first choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne gave 18 year-old Alexander-Arnold his first start in the league. Playing against Manchester United, where we drew 1-1 at Old Trafford.
The teenager had a really good game, venturing forward and become a great outlet for Liverpool on the wide right. A game that he dealt with Anthony Martial ever so effectively. Speaking to Liverpool’s official website Alexander-Arnold revealed a heart-warming conversation with his mum.
“When I called her and told her, she just started crying,” the youngster said. “That’s when I realised, it’s not just me who it’s happening to, it’s everyone around me as well. It was a good feeling to have. She just told me to go on and do the best that I can and don’t worry about what happens – and that’s what I did.”
It was great to see that such an occasion wasn’t intimidating for such a young player. However, Alexander-Arnold claims all nerves dissipated once the game began.
“I wasn’t too nervous travelling to the stadium or even in the changing rooms, it was just in the tunnel before the walkout when you can hear the crowd but you can’t really see them and you don’t know what to expect. That was when the nerves started,” Alexander-Arnold commented. “But as soon as the game started I completely lost the nerves and I was just focused from then on.
“Maybe if it was at the very start of the season, when I wasn’t really used to being around such big players and big names, then I think I would have been a bit more nervous and starstruck than I was.”
“But being around them everyday, you get used to it, and I think that helped me in that I wasn’t starstruck at all and I knew I had to do a job.”
On the recent loss at Anfield against Wolves in the FA cup, I was shocked to see Randall selected over Alexander-Arnold. This for me showed how much he has actually come. An 18 year old who was initially seen as a ‘good prospect’ is now expected to start. Whilst we all agree that Nathaniel Clyne is the no.1 choice for right back at the moment, in Trent Alexander-Arnold Jurgen Klopp has a great young lad waiting.
When I say ‘at the moment’, I would love to see what would happen if Clyne played on the left and Alexander-Arnold on the right. This is something that I my opinion should be tried.