Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is one of the top five leading contenders for the European Golden Boy Award.
Roma’s Justin Kluivert is currently leading the voting with Ajax’s Mathijs De Ligt and the Reds defender in the top three.
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr and AC Milan striker Patrick Cutrone make up the rest of the top five. Fans on Twitter are delighted by Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion:
Only one Winner judging from the performances of last season and a regular 1st team player…
— Uka LFC (@uka8) 21 November 2018
absolute crime if he doesn’t win it
— tom (8-3-0) (@ftblGomez) 21 November 2018
He's defo winning
— Kwame Breezy (@breezy_starboy) 21 November 2018
What a journey. A year ago some were apoplectic because he wasn’t good at throw in.😂
— Heath Wright (@HeathMWright) 21 November 2018
you deserve it lad…go go
— maburi augustine (@runtown_254) 21 November 2018
Definitely should win
— ®️ (@ronDRKSHDW) 21 November 2018
He fully deserved it
— Dilawar Al Balushi (@LiaquatDilawar) 21 November 2018
Don't think Joe Gomez will be far behind either
— Tom Colohue (@Colohue) 21 November 2018
Golden boy 🏆
— jilly (@Foreverjilly) 21 November 2018
TRENTAA DESERVES THE GOLDEN BOY AWARD
— Enjoy your life (@english4alu) 21 November 2018
35 journalists from across Europe’s top newspapers have until the end of the month to place their vote for the award. Previous winners include the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
It wasn’t actually that long ago that a Liverpool player won the award. Raheem Sterling was given the distinction in 2014, following his rapid rise to prominence for the Reds.
Alexander-Arnold has had an incredible 18 months himself, having played in a Champions League final at the age of 19 and he is certainly fully deserving of the nomination.