He was one of The Liverpool Offside community’s overwhelming favorites when we asked you to pick your 2016-17 Liverpool Young Player of the Year, so you’ll no doubt be happy to hear that your preferences have been validated by none other than Robbie Fowler himself. According to the former Toxteth Terror and Liverpool legend, Trent Alexander-Arnold is on track to terrorize both Premier League opponents as well as those people who print names on the back of the players’ shirts.
“He has probably got every attribute to be a top player, “ said Fowler to Liverpoolfc.com. “His attitude, will and drive are what we want as Liverpool supporters. He has got that in abundance.”
While perhaps not quite as ballyhooed as some of his fellow Academy hopefuls, such as Ben Woodburn, the attributes that Fowler identified in Alexander-Arnold have allowed the young defender to put in some quietly impressive performances when called upon - not least of which was his first Premier League start at Old Trafford. They are also the attributes that the Anfield faithful tend to prize most in an Academy starlet, and it probably also helps that Alexander-Arnold is a local lad.
“I can see a big future for him,” added Fowler about Alexander-Arnold’s long-term prospects, and perhaps reminiscing a bit on his own history. “Regardless of whether you’re a local lad or a young lad coming into the game, you want to do well first and foremost.”
“Maybe the fact that he is young and a lot of people in the Kop and the crowd at Anfield see a little bit of themselves in him drives him on a little bit more. It certainly did with me. I was playing for what I think is the greatest team in the world.”
Alexander-Arnold is far from a finished product, and still has some areas of his game that need a good deal more polish. But Liverpool are likely to still need competition at the fullback position going forward, and the young man certainly has the requisite mentality to keep his name on Jürgen Klopp’s radar. Whatever happens in this next transfer window, 2017-18 should be an interesting season for Alexander-Arnold.