Following a handful of promising appearances for the first team last season, the buzz around Trent Alexander-Arnold grew. The next great academy product. The club’s next great homegrown player. The local who had what it takes to secure a starting, starring role. Maybe. Hopefully.
Ever since Steven Gerrard’s departure for LA Galaxy and subsequent retirement, fans had been waiting and wondering and worrying over who might be next. Worrying if maybe there wouldn’t be a next, at least not any time soon. The early signs this season are that the wait is already over.
“I always new [he] would become a player for us, but I didn’t expect it this soon,” said John Aldridge. “I thought maybe the end of the year or maybe off the bench this season. I did think Nathaniel Clyne might have a job getting his place back if he got injured, and that’s what’s happened.”
Even before Clyne’s injury, Alexander-Arnold looked to be pushing for regular minutes during pre-season. It might not have been enough to displace the more experienced England international, but it was at least enough to give fans and the club some confidence in their right back options.
When Clyne did go down to injury, then, it was less concerning than it would have been at the same time last year. Now, Alexander-Arnold looked ready for his chance; ready for regular starting minutes. It’s early days still, but so far his performances in competitive action have so far backed that up.
“You can see the quality Trent has got,” Aldridge added. “You’re looking now at a lad who will play for Liverpool for years and years. Let’s hope he stays fit. One of the young lads coming through is like a massive free transfer and the manager will be delighted.”