Brendan Rodgers explains why he picked Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool against Swindon

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is impressed with youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is not a name Liverpool fans should expect to see on the teamsheet next season, but he is a player to keep an eye on.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was so encouraged by his development he handed him a start alongside the likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino in the club's most recent pre-season friendly.

Alexander-Arnold played at right-back in the 2-1 win over Swindon Town, and is just 16-years-old.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Rodgers explained his decision to select the teenager, explaining he feels he has earned an opportunity.

He said: "Trent impressed me last year; he came up as a schoolboy and played in a practice match and did very well.

"I always had that in the back of my mind and when we needed someone to bring in, it was good for him to get the chance."

He played 58 minutes of the game, before being replaced by Daniel Cleary.

The youngster has captained England at under-16 level previously, and has also featured for his country at under-17 level. He has also captained Liverpool's under-18 side.

Rather than in defence, Alexander-Arnold is more of a central midfielder, and told the Liverpool Echo earlier this year he grew up wanting to emulate Steven Gerrard.

His experience with the first team is likely to be just the first of many if he can continue his impressive progression for the club's academy sides.

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