Trent Alexander-Arnold captained Liverpool for the first time in the Champions League tie against Midtjylland this week. It won’t be his last.
His importance on the pitch has been obvious for all to see for a few years now. His importance off it is starting to really come. He’s a pillar of the football club going forward, as Jürgen Klopp suggested to the Liverpool Echo.
“How you see the captaincy in this country is completely different to [how it is] in Germany,” the Liverpool manager explained.
“But I try to understand it despite most of my life being educated in a different way.
“Being a captain, it’s not important who wears the armband, it’s much more important how you behave all around and yes - Trent is someone who will be involved in this kind of role in the future.
“He is now already in parts playing this role, especially with the younger boys in the team - they all have a similar pathway to his.
“I don’t think he was the best ‘leader’ in the line-up of the last game but the reason was that he has been the longest at the club.
“The players are all captains, if you want, when they are out there but the decision for this was clear and it was Trent.
“When I told him, you could tell that it meant a lot to him - that’s cool and it will be his role in the future when other people finish their careers and he is preparing himself for that.
“He will, in the future, be the face of this club - and with some others hopefully - but that is really nice.
“When I realised how much it meant to him, I was really happy that I made the decision - even though the decision was a logical one due to how long he’s been at the club.”
Alexander-Arnold is growing in stature, in importance, in value off the pitch. The kid’s got the world at his feet, and he’s barely even a kid anymore. The sky’s the limit.