By Richard Parks
Liverpool are to offer a new contract to Trent Alexander-Arnold as a reward for his outstanding progress this season, according to a report.
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.
It is said that talks over a new contract will take place in the coming weeks and it is expected that Alexander-Arnold will put pen to pay at the end of the season next month.
Alexander-Arnold, 19, has made 27 appearances for Liverpool this season after breaking into the first team in the second half of the last campaign.
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 right-sided raids will be pivotal against Roma in the mouthwatering semi-final. Alexander-Arnold is so much more than a defender, he is also a dazzling attacker who can create goals and even score outside-of-the-box free-kicks. Liverpool and England are lucky to have him.