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Living the dream: Trent Alexander-Arnold

A STAR IS BORN: Trent Alexander-Arnold

HAVING BEEN selected for England’s World Cup party last week, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s month could go up another notch with a Champions League win on May 26.The young Liverpool right back has been a revelation this term and can cap a wonderful domestic season should his team beat holders Real Madrid.

Seeing Alexander-Arnold’s name on the England squad list for this summer’s World Cup came as a little surprise. The 19-year-old is the youngest member of Gareth Southgate’s squad and has yet to receive his first cap, but now has the chance to make his senior England debut at the most coveted international tournament of them all.

The youngster is well worth his spot in the squad, after a stellar season at Liverpool. Alexander-Arnold grew up just a stone’s throw from the club’s Melwood training ground and has been at Liverpool since he was just six years old.

Having represented and captained Liverpool at various age levels, Alexander-Arnold made his way into the senior squad for the first time in 2015, playing in a pre-season friendly against Swindon for his unofficial debut.

In the following seasons Alexander-Arnold made sporadic appearances, making his first Premier League start early in 2017. His real breakthrough at Anfield came this season, as a combination of injuries and excellent performances pushed the young full-back into the spotlight.

Before the season had even begun, first choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne suffered a back injury that has kept him out of action for most of the season. Despite playing in midfield at youth level, Alexander-Arnold was chosen by Jürgen Klopp to deputise for Clyne, sharing responsibilities with Joe Gomez until he was also injured.

Since then, Alexander-Arnold has arguably made the right-back position his own. Some of his best performances this season have come in the Champions League, where he has made nine appearances this year as Liverpool made their way to the final.

He proved vital in the second leg against Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola’s side threw everything they had at the Liverpool back line. In that match the Liverpool full-back was tasked with keeping Leroy Sane quiet, which he managed with aplomb, making 11 interceptions in the game as Liverpool got past City 5-1 on aggregate.

The young Englishman is now in line to start against Real Madrid in the final, where he will face probably his biggest challenge as he faces off against Cristiano Ronaldo. The call up to England’s World Cup squad is the icing on the cake for the youngster’s season and he will be hoping the form he has shown for Liverpool will follow him to Russia.

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