How Liverpool prodigy Trent Alexander-Arnold has links with Manchester United

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate after the game

It used to be United who boasted England's most exciting talents, but Liverpool's academy is thriving at the moment.

Trent Alexander-Arnold looks set to make a splash for Liverpool this season – despite having family connections with Manchester United.

The 18-year-old defender turned heads at right-back during The Reds’ 2-0 EFL Cup win against Leeds United on Tuesday, serving up Divock Origi’s opener with a superb cross as he stormed to the Man of the Match award.

His fellow youth-team prodigy Ben Woodburn may haven stolen the limelight when he broke Michael Owen’s record to become the youngest player in Liverpool’s history, but Alexander-Arnold’s performance has got Liverpool fans and legends talking.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrate after the game

Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports that the rapid development of the teenage full-back explains why Jurgen Klopp decided against signing an orthodox understudy to first-choice right-back Nathanial Clyne in the summer, while Steven Gerrard tipped the young protégé to showcase his talent on both club and international fronts in the coming years.

Though maybe not for the right club, in his uncle’s eyes. You see, John Alexander, who watched on as his nephew made his mark against Garry Monk’s visitors on Tuesday, is the club secretary at Manchester United, according to ESPN.

Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold

And, although The Red Devils are currently undergoing an extensive overhaul of their academy system after falling well behind forward-thinking neighbours City, they will be forced to watch as Alexander-Arnold makes his name elsewhere in the North West.

Liverpool's Divock Origi celebrates scoring their first goal with Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold

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