Seeing young local talent coming through is always a delight, and there is a fine prospect in Trent Alexander-Arnold. His progress is the reason why Liverpool aren’t being linked with right backs in the summer transfer window as he is considered as a capable understudy to Nathaniel Clyne.
Steven Gerrard is a guiding light for many young stars and the incoming under-18 manager will have even more influence in shaping the next generation of Liverpool stars. Thereare quite a few youngsters who have made the matchday squad under Jürgen Klopp, but Alexander-Arnold was tipped in Gerrard’s autobiography as one to watch in the future. Alexander-Arnold shed light on his relationship with the club legend.
“We keep in contact,” Alexander-Arnold revealed. “I went to the Academy a couple of weeks ago to have a meeting with Steven and (Academy director) Alex Inglethorpe to talk about this season. We spoke about how it’s gone, how next season could be even better and what I need to do to go to the next level.
“Steven was my idol when I was growing up. He achieved so much in the game and I really appreciate that he’s there to help me. It was great to be coached by Steven when he was working with Pep Lijnders in the under-16s. They are two coaches with amazing knowledge and appreciation for the game.”
Alexander-Arnold admitted that Gerrard’s praise “brings a smile to my face every time” and was an “amazing achievement” for an 18-year-old still making his way in the game. A big question is the position he’ll eventually end up considering that he can play in many positions.
“I’m not too fussed,” he said. “The way I see it is that the more positions you can play, the more chance you’ve got of getting picked. I don’t care where I play as long as I’m out there on the pitch.”