Footage of Trent Alexander-Arnold dominating video games in midfield while within the Liverpool academy has emerged.
The 21-year-old joined the Reds’ academy in 2004 and captained the membership at numerous completely different age ranges earlier than making his first group debut in 2015.
Alexander-Arnold was tipped for greatness by former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard in his autobiography for his glorious shows at youth degree at right-back.
However, whereas taking part in for the Underneath-16 and Underneath-18 groups, coach Pepijin Landers handed the teenager the captain’s armband and performed him on the wing and in midfield – lengthy earlier than switching him to defence.
Fashionable YouTube channel Scout Nation HD has delved into the archives to seek out footage from the 2015/16 season to seek out the gifted teen taking part in in a way more superior place for the youth groups and wreaking havoc.
Alexander-Arnold has been lengthy tipped to maneuver additional ahead as his profession progresses. Thus far he has recorded 23 assists as a right-back from simply 80 Premier League video games.
Talking to talkSPORT after Alexander-Arnold once more impressed at right-back in England’s 7-Zero win over Montenegro, Martin Keown mentioned: “He’s an absolute a pleasure to look at play.
“It was as if he was wandering round Wembley with a golf bag, selecting up a pitching wedge or a seven iron.
“The potential he has along with his left foot, proper foot…. I used to be sat with Sol Campbell final night time attempting to argue that he ought to play centre midfield for England.
“Historically you give the ball to a midfield participant and he’s a greater participant than you and a midfield participant provides it to a entrance participant who can also be maybe higher than that participant. When [Harry] Winks will get the ball, is he higher than Alexander-Arnold?
“I take nothing away from Winks as a result of he had one other respectable night time final night time however I feel Alexander-Arnold might go in there and pull the strings for England.
“We’ve a list of different full-backs that can be utilized in that right-back place. Kyle Walker wasn’t even within the squad, Kieran Trippier didn’t play final night time, we’ve Reece James coming by way of at Chelsea.
“He’s greater than succesful Alexander-Arnold of taking part in within the England midfield.”
Fellow academy graduate Jamie Carragher is so impressed with Alexander-Arnold’s artistic qualities, he even in contrast him to Manchester Metropolis maestro Kevin De Bruyne.
“Folks discuss in regards to the future and will he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne kind participant and he has extra high quality now that Liverpool’s midfield gamers,” mentioned Carragher earlier than the Champions League win over Crimson Bull Salzburg at Anfield.
“You consider the crosses that De Bruyne places in from the fitting midfield place and possibly that’s a place the place Trent might play.
“However in the intervening time you wouldn’t take into consideration transferring place as a result of he’s taking part in so properly.”