For many players, the undisputed pinnacle of club football is the Champions League. The top prize in Europe; the one that says you’ve beaten the best from across the continent. Not for Liverpool, though. Not for the club and its fans.
For them, after three decades of waiting, the top prize is the league. Was the league. Will probably always be the league. Even now they’ve finally won it again. And for at least one local lad from Liverpool who stars for them, the feeling is the same.
“This is the one we all wanted as fans, as players, as a club,” said Trent Alexander-Arnold following last night’s trophy presentation when he received his medal for helping the club to win its 19th domestic title.
“I’d swap every medal I’ve got just to have this one round my neck. But I think that the way we played this season and the feeling we felt being up there on the podium is unbelievable. For the club it’s massive. I feel so lucky.”
If he feels lucky, then the club should feel at least as lucky having him. Already arguably the game’s best right back at just 21 years of age. Holder of not just the record for most assists in a season by a defender but of the top two spots on the list.
Already—maybe—the game’s best right back. Certainly the Premier League’s best. A generational talent and key player in a side that has over the past two seasons won the Supercup, Club World Cup, Champions League, and now the Premier League.
“I feel so blessed to be part of such a special club, be a part of such a special team,” he added. “Everyone has played a massive part, the young lads, the senior lads, all the staff, everyone. It’s been a collective effort, a club effort.”