The 18-year-old could be in line for a debut against Tottenham in the EFL Cup this evening.
The EFL Cup is often the best chance for young stars to impress. With so much emphasis placed on the league, managers use the competition as an opportunity to blood their most promising talents and give them a taste of first team action.
Liverpool prospect Trent Alexander-Arnold could be the latest to make his competitive debut in the competition. Having impressed for the club’s under-23 team this season, the Liverpool Echo are reporting that he could be in line to appear against Tottenham.
Youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to make his debut against Tottenham in the EFL Cup tonight. [Paul Joyce] pic.twitter.com/P4VuYwW1P7
— LFC News (@LFCTransferNRS) October 25, 2016
Here are five facts about the youngster ahead of what could be a momentous occasion for him.
1) He has been with the club for 12 years
That’s right – despite being only 18, Alexander-Arnold has already spent over a decade in the Liverpool system.
A local lad – he is from the West Derby area of Liverpool – Alexander-Arnold joined the Reds academy at the age of just six and has progressed through the ranks from there.
2) He is versatile
Primarily a central midfielder, the 18-year-old can also play at right-back and his proposed debut is likely to come as part of the back four rather than in the midfield.
He has impressed on the right hand side of defence for Liverpool’s under-23 side this season so has built up experience in the role ahead of his potential first team bow.
3) He has appeared for the first team before
Although this evening would represent a competitive debut, Alexander-Arnold has tasted first team action for the Reds.
In 2015, he lined up for Liverpool in their pre-season friendly at Swindon Town and put in a positive display in the 2-1 win. Just three months later he signed his first professional contract with the club.
4) He models his game on Steven Gerrard
Having come through the academy as an all-action central midfielder, it is perhaps only natural that the youngster looks up to another local lad who carried out that role with such success for his hometown club.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo in 2015, Alexander-Arnold said: “I always used to pretend to be Stevie G when I was playing as a kid as he is a Scouser. Everyone looks up to him. I don’t think there is any footballer that doesn’t recognise his talent.”
5) He comes recommended by his hero
If Steven Gerrard’s book is anything to go by, the respect between the pair is mutual. The Reds legend picked out Alexander-Arnold as one to watch in his latest autobiography, My Story.
Quoted in The Daily Express, Gerrard wrote: “Trent Arnold has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional. He’s quite leggy but he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need.
“He can play as a number 6, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions.”
Football fans arguably like nothing more than seeing one of their own representing the first team, so the support will be warm for the 18-year-old if he does appear this evening.
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