England boss Gareth Southgate is said to be seriously considering taking Trent Alexander-Arnold to the World Cup this summer after impressing this season.
Having played immensely over two legs against Manchester City, Trent outshone leading England right-back Kyle Walker and has the rest of the season to try and claim a place in the squad at just 19 years of age.
Facing off against Leroy Sane, many pointed out that Alexander-Arnold would be the weak point that City could exploit with ease. However, the teenager put in the performances of his life over 180 minutes proving the doubters wrong – something that the boyhood Liverpool fan set out to do as you’ll find out.
Having made more interceptions (13) and won more tackles (7) across both Champions League quarter-final legs than any other Liverpool player – Trent was the stand out player in fans’ eyes. “I guess Man City looked at it and [felt] I’m the weak link,” said Trent, reported by the Echo, “Maybe that gave me that underdog mentality and I tried to prove them wrong. I wanted to show them I’m not the weak link in the team.”
Trent went on to say: “You look forward to playing these type of games and testing yourself. I got the opportunity to do that over the two legs and I tried to do the right things and win my personal battles. Hopefully, I came out on top and I hope everyone sees it that way as well.”
“It was a different test for me. It was a bigger, harder test. I had to play to a better level than I’ve probably ever played before. It tested me to a new level. In that sense, yeah, it has taken me to a new level and I know I’ve got that in me now.”
Speaking of Liverpool fans, Steven Gerrard heralded Trent as the standout player across both matches against Manchester City and tips him to have an illustrious Liverpool career ahead of him. Speaking on BT sport, the Liverpool legend said: “If you take Trent, look at his age, the magnitude of the game over both games and who he was up against, I think he has to be the star man over two legs. Gareth [Southgate] will be well aware of him – especially after those performances”
However, Trent will face plenty of competition when it comes to that right-back position for England – even from his Liverpool teammates. With Joe Gomez set to return to fitness before England jet off to Russia and Nathaniel Clyne’s return to the first-team in Liverpool’s last Premier League game against Everton – Trent has been given the platform to make the Liverpool right-back position his own and prove himself worthy of an England spot.
He will also have to out-perform Manchester City’s Kyle Walker and Spurs’ Kieran Trippier who will also be contesting the position. Jamie Carragher had his say on the matter, speaking to the Echo: “Gareth Southgate likes to give young players a chance but he does currently have plenty of options at right-back with Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker. There’s no doubt that he’s a future England international,” Carragher added, “Trent won’t be far away from the squad. He might just miss out this time but he will go on to win a lot of caps.”