Liverpool to imminently table defender offer, major £40,000-a-wk development already - reports
By Richard Parks
Liverpool are to offer a new contract to Trent Alexander-Arnold at a time when he has triggered an incentive clause in his current deal, according to reports.
The Sunday Mirror claim the Merseyside giants are keen to reward the right-back, 19, even though he signed a long-term only last summer and talks over a new agreement will take place in the coming weeks.
The Telegraph report that this comes at a time when Alexander-Arnold has activated an appearance-related clause in his contract which has lifted his salary beyond the £40,000-a-week mark.
It is said that the teenager was given the pay hike when he had made his 30th appearance for Liverpool, and he has subsequently gone on to reach the 39-match mark.
The defender, 19, has made 27 of those appearances this season after breaking into the first team in the second half of the last campaign.
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He was instrumental in the Champions League quarter-final triumph against Manchester City with two outstanding displays against player-of-the-year candidate Leroy Sane.
Football Insider verdict:
Jamie Carragher (remember him?) has predicted that Alexander-Arnold will eventually top his record 737 appearances for Liverpool, and, with each passing game, it is impossible to escape the conclusion that the club have a rare gem in their ranks. The rookie right-back is surely destined for a central midfield role when he matures into the player that Carragher and others expect him to be. He can do a bit of everything, which, given his tender age, is remarkable, and his confidence is sky-high after quelling the brilliant Sane in the Champions League double-header against Man City. The two assists for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Bournemouth further demonstrated the teen’s brilliant crossing ability, and his talent is further evident from the fact that he is already regularly taking free-kicks. Alexander-Arnold is so much more than a defender, he is also a dazzling attacker who can create goals and give headaches to opponents in the final third. He is one player Liverpool can build their team around over the next decade.