By Noel Whelan

31st May, 2019 | 6:45am

'He's the surprise package' - Whelan: Spurs 'will be 'scared stiff' of Liverpool 'future great'


Tottenham will be “scared stiff” of Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold in tomorrow’s Champions League final, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker insisted the 20-year-old is a “future great” who is the “surprise” threat to a Spurs defence that will have their hands full in Madrid.

The two clubs lock horns in a mouthwatering all-English final that comes 20 days after the end of their respective Premier League campaigns.

Alexander-Arnold has ended the season in sensational form, with his most memorable highlight the stunning corner kick in the remarkable 4-0 semi-final win over Barcelona.

“He’s a brilliant player who’s getting better all the time,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Liverpool put so much emphasis on their full-backs pouring forward to create chances, and Alexander-Arnold is a big threat.

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“Obviously, the front three are outstanding and they will be tough to stop for 90 minutes, but the full-backs are crucial to the game plan.

“What Alexander-Arnold did against Barcelona was amazing and so clever. He’s the surprise package in this team, really, as he’s doing new things all the times.

“That’s what will worry Tottenham. The sky is the limit with this kid, he’s a future great, no doubt about that.”

Anfield academy product Alexander-Arnold is preparing to start his second consecutive Champions League final at the tender age of 20.

He has made 39 appearances for Liverpool this season in which he set a new Premier League record for a defender of 12 assists in a single campaign and, in all competitions, he has laid on a remarkable 16 goals.

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