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14th Mar, 2017 | 2:06pm

Liverpool coach: This 18-year-old was excellent in Under-23s clash v Chelsea

By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool academy coach Mike Garrity was full of praise for starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s display against Chelsea for the Under-23s on Monday evening.

The young Reds ran out 2-0 victors over their London counterparts for the Premier League 2 clash at Prenton Park.

The Liverpool Under-23s opened the scoreline through a Harry Wilson penalty, but it was Alexander-Arnold’s goal that stole the show.

The 18-year-old full-back netted a curling right foot effort from the edge of the box and those watching from the sidelines were highly impressed.

One of those was coach Garrity, who singled out Alexander-Arnold after the match.

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“I thought he was excellent,” started Garrity in a post-match interview with LFCTV.

“I thought his athleticism to get up and down was a constant threat and he defended really well when he had to as well.

“For him to get that goal, I thought had capped off what was an excellent performance from Trent.”

Alexander-Arnold has already made nine appearances for the Liverpool first team after making his debut in October’s EFL Cup 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

He has yet to get on the score sheet for the seniors, but he did provide an assist in November’s EFL Cup 2-0 win over Leeds.

His last Premier League appearance came against Arsenal at the beginning of March and he will hoping to see more pitch time before the current season’s end.

However, with Nathaniel Clyne currently the cemented right-back he may have to wait a bit longer before he becomes a frequent feature.

In other Liverpool news, Georginio Wijnaldum had this message after the Reds’ 2-1 victory over Burnley on Sunday.

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