Trent “cornertakenquickly” Alexander-Arnold turned 21 on Monday and it’s only right that his birthday celebrations included an outrageous nutmeg (with an assist from the corner flag) because quite frankly, his talent, skill, and career up till now have all been outrageous. The 21-year-old has made 97 appearances for the Reds and netted 23 assists. Oh, and he’s also won Young Player of the Season twice and been included in the 2018/19 PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
And it’s not just the fans that are a tiny bit flabbergasted with what Alexander-Arnold has achieved in the last season.
“It’s incredible to think he’s still that young, as it feels like he’s been part of the team now for ages, although it does only seem like yesterday when this quiet, shy, unassuming boy joined us at Melwood for training sessions,” Jordan Henderson said in the club’s matchday programme for this weekend’s game against Leicester City.
”When you think about what he’s already achieved, at a club like this one where competition is so fierce, it’s frightening really. The thing with Trent, though, is that not only has all the success and recognition not changed him, it never will.”
The success and recognition for a homegrown talent has made Alexander-Arnold a fan favourite, and the most obvious successor to Henderson as team captain.
“His determination and will to win at everything he does is astonishing,” the skipper added. “Obviously when it comes to things like table tennis and playing other games like that he’s miles off it compared to me... but bless him, he keeps trying.”
”Joking aside, Trent has the perfect attitude for a modern-day player and he will be at this level for a very, very long time because he has the talent and the attitude to make sure he doesn’t take a backwards step.”
Alexander-Arnold will be in action on Friday when England take on the Czech Republic.