'He has that Scouse mentality': Liverpool coach raves about 18-year-old starlet
By Matt Farr
Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders has delivered a glowing verdict on Reds starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 18-year-old defender is one of the most exciting academy graduates to emerge at Anfield this season, and has become an important part of the first-team squad under Jurgen Klopp.
A right-back by trade, Alexander-Arnold has made 12 first-team appearances in all competitions this term, and has also been utilised by the Liverpool chief as a right-midfielder.
The England Under 19 international has excelled since making his senior debut against Tottenham in October, earning praise from Lijnders for his talent, desire and determination.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the first-team development coach said: “Trent had a certain insight and creativity that meant he was able to play unpredictable passes. He had pace but more importantly he was quick in his mind.
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“He knew what was going to happen and had the capacity to improvise, opening up situations for himself or for others. Talent without fire is like a Ferrari without fuel. And fire is something Trent has.
“Every talent inside our club must unfold itself by showing that desire and fighting. Trent does this in every single session.
“He has that Scouse mentality to go to and over the limits on the pitch. That’s what I lived and loved from the first day working at the Academy.”
Alexander-Arnold’s rapid rise to fame at Anfield in the space of just 12 months may have caught many surprise, but Lijnders’ rave review suggests he was fully aware of the youngster’s capabilities and potential.
He has featured only intermittently for the first-team this season, although he is a regular member of the matchday squad, having been named in the squad on 21 occasions in the Premier League.
The right-back still finds himself behind Nathaniel Clyne in the pecking order, but he can certainly challenge his positional rival for more regular berth in the coming months.
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