It’s fair to say Trent Alexander-Arnold has had quite the twelve months. From being far enough on the fringes of the first team squad that there were genuine concerns about his ability when Nathaniel Clyne got injured, he is now a key part of a side competing in the Champions League final and will afterwards be on his way to the World Cup.
None of this, however, seems to be affecting him in a negative way.
“I have always thought ‘take a step at a time’”, Alexander-Arnold told The Telegraph. “Even though it is hard to say this, I have never felt overwhelmed in that situation. Every situation has been a goal and a dream so I have thought about it many times and nothing has really been a surprise”.
Managing to be level headed about the biggest fixture in all of club football, he called it “a game we have to win to win a huge trophy and there are 11 players in our way. The manager will get the tactics spot-on, like he has done, and then hopefully we will be at it.
“We will have a game plan to execute as well as we can and come home with the trophy”.
In an interview that showed his genuine, humble attitude, he was keen to praise his mother, who “sacrificed a lot of things to see us happy, to see us smiling and our dreams come true”. He also discusses representing England Under-17s in Chile shortly after the 2015 Illapel earthquake, admitting that it “put things into perspective how lucky and fortunate we are to be living in fine conditions with a roof over our heads and never really stressing about a meal.
“That’s important as a young player to get that experience. It’s hard for [young players] not to let it get to their heads and those humbling experiences definitely keep your feet firmly on the floor”.
In an era of untapped wealth for football, it is very positive to see such a talented player with a down to earth attitude. It should serve him well in what promises to be a very exciting career.