Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold says he aims to emulate his Anfield heroes in the future after his terrific breakthrough season.
The young Englishman only made his debut for Jurgen Klopp’s first team in late 2016, but has since established himself as a key member of the Reds first-team.
This season, TAA has made 15 appearances in all competitions and has scored three-times – including a rocket strike during a 5-0 win over Swansea in the Premier League on Boxing Day.
The defender’s aspirations to match the feats of his Liverpool heroes began at a young age, when he recalls peeping over the walls at the Melwood training ground to catch a glimpse of his idols.
“I’d try to glimpse at the people who I aspired to be – Gerrard, [Jamie] Carragher, [Xabi] Alonso and [Fernando] Torres, but it was hard with the high walls,” he said.
“The people that won things were always heroes. I remember going to the playing fields over the road with my brothers and trying to find some grass to play on.”
One of his childhood heroes Steven Gerrard, who is now Liverpool U18’s manager, has recently praised the teenager for his burst into the first-team – feedback that means a lot to Alexander-Arnold having grown up as an admirer of the Liverpool legend.
“I know what it feels like to watch a Scouser on the pitch so home-grown players are always good for the club,” he said.
“With him being my idol and being able to read those words was special. Whenever I’m in the academy I’ll try to pick his brain on how I can get better.” he added.