By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool academy coach Karl Robinson stated that youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold reminded him of Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard in the youth team.
Lingard, 23, revealed in 2015 that he had turned town the Reds to join fierce rivals United as a youngster.
He has since became a regular on the wing for the Old Trafford club and has featured in nine matches for Jose Mourinho’s team this season.
Alexander-Arnold, 18, started off as a winger in the Liverpool youth team before converting to a right-back role in the senior side.
Now Liverpool-born Robinson, who spent time with the club’s academy has stated that the youth graduate reminded him Lingard during the early stages of his career.
“He was brilliant. He was bubbly, fearless, the best player at that age,” Robinson told the 5Times podcast, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“Trent’s mum is an amazing woman who took him everywhere.
“I’ll tell you who he reminded me of as a kid was Jesse Lingard who we had at Liverpool and then lost to Man United.
“It shocked the life out of me that Trent is a right-back. Maybe it’s because he has the physical attributes to play out wide and can cope with the demands of the game there.”
Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for the Reds on Tuesday evening at Anfield during Liverpool’s 2-1 EFL Cup win over Tottenham.
They have been drawn Leeds at home in the quarter-final stages of the competition and Alexander-Arnold will be hoping to gain more time on the pitch.
He will be unlikely to play in Saturday evening’s clash against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park with England international Nathaniel Clyne expected to return to the side against his old team.
In other Liverpool news, Lloris Karius has sent this Twitter message ahead of the clash against Crystal Palace.