Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a pretty great beginning-of-the-season, all things considered. The 19-year-old made his first team debut a year ago in Liverpool’s EFL Cup victory against Tottenham, and most recently scored the final goal against Maribor earlier this month. Alexander-Arnold sat down with the club’s official website to chat about his year on the anniversary of his debut.
The one thing that he’s still not used to? Getting recognised on the streets he grew up on.
“You get a bit more used to it than when it first happens, but it’s never where you expect it,” Alexander-Arnold said on LFC Later. “Getting recognised, you think ‘Wow, people actually know who I am!’ When you’re walking down the street and a car beeps or something, it’s still surreal. You check round to see if they’ve seen someone else – but then you realise it’s you! Every morning you wake up and you’re still living the dream.”
Alexander-Arnold signed a five-year contract extension in July this year and is eager to take on more responsibilities and keep making his mark at the club. When asked who he’s modelling his career after, the answer is clichéed, predictable, and 100% excellent.
“There’s only one for me: Steven Gerrard,” Alexander-Arnold said. “Growing up and watching him week in, week out, to see him go out and do what he did on a weekly basis was just incredible. He could change games whenever he wanted. It was just everything to see him play. The one idol and person I looked up to the most was him.”
If the England U-21 international keeps going the way he has been, he is fast on his way to becoming the stuff of legends himself for the kids at the Academy.