Liverpool teenager Trent Arnold says he used to pretend to be Steven Gerrard

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One of Liverpool's teenage prospects has been opening up on international matters and giving a glimpse of his past.

Liverpool teenager Trent Arnold has been speaking to the FA’s official website about his Reds hero and the prospect of representing England at the under-17 World Cup.

The 16-year-old defender is currently on international duty as the Three Lions look to qualify for the showpiece event by beating Spain in a play-off on Tuesday.

The match comes after England were eliminated from the under-17 European Championships last week, but the competition could yet end with considerable success in regards to qualifying for October’s huge tournament.

Arnold is predominantly a right-back although he can also play as a centre-back or as a defensive midfielder if required, but it was slightly further up the field where he played in his childhood daydreams.

On the weekend when Steven Gerrard played his last match at Anfield, Arnold admitted the Reds skipper was his hero growing up.

“I always used to pretend to be Stevie G when I was playing as a kid as he is a scouser,” the Liverpool teenager said. “Everyone looks up to him.

“I don’t think there is any footballer that doesn’t recognise his talent and what he has done for his club and country at World Cups. Now I may get that chance.”

As for first-team chances at Anfield, the youngster will have to wait a little while longer, but despite only being 16 he clearly has ambitions to make a real success of his career both domestically and internationally.

In short, Arnold is yet another Liverpool teenager worth keeping an eye on in the years to come.

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