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Ragnar Klavan Sings Young Alexander-Arnold’s Praises

The veteran defender says that he saw Trent’s potential from the beginning.

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In a season full of plenty of things to love for Liverpool: Mohamed Salah’s record-setting debut, an unbeaten Champions League run, and two — two — games won 7-0, the incredible ascent of young Trent Alexander-Arnold is still manages to stand out.

The young Scouser may have made his debut last season, but he has proven his worth and made the most of his shot with Nathaniel Clyne unfortunately out for most of this season. His two Champions League goals were icing on the cake, but the real way he’s impressed was with his competent, assured defending in high-pressure situations.

One person who claims he isn’t surprised about Alexander-Arnold coming good is his fellow defender Ragnar Klavan. Klavan, who is a veteran defender and captain of the Estonia national team, praised his teammate recently and said his talent was evident from the moment Klavan arrived at the club in 2016.

“Of course I am really impressed [by Trent’s recent form], but when I came here already I saw that he has everything to achieve that,” he told the official website.

“So in that kind of way I’m not really amazed, I’m just acknowledging the fact that he is there. It already was clear to me when I signed here and saw him play [that he was] continually getting better. He’s a hard-working guy [and] this really helps to become a great player. He has all those attributes and he’s there.”

Now with 41 first team appearances under his belt with Klopp, Alexander-Arnold still has some of the most important yet to come this season, starting on Wednesday when the Reds travel to Rome to compete in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against AS Roma.