Trent Alexander-Arnold, England's NxGn starlet heading to the World Cup ahead of a big future

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The Liverpool full-back enjoyed a breakthrough season at Anfield and arrives in Russia ready to begin a long and successful international career

Such has been the meteoric nature of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s rise to the top that you only have to go back two years ago for his debut for Liverpool’s Under-21 side. 

But now at just 19 years, 7 months, and 19 days, the right-back became the youngest player in the club’s history to appear in a European final.

Don’t take the achievement lightly. In the entirety of the Champions League, only three other 19-year-old’s have started the final; Ajax’s Clarence Seedorf in 1995, Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas in 2000 and Carlos Alberto for Porto in 2004 - they went on to win eight titles between them. 

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Despite the loss to Madrid, it was his opening goal in the Champions League play-off tie with Hoffenheim which kicked off the Red’s road to Kiev - and the youngster hasn’t looked back since. 

He went on to make 33 appearances for the Anfield outfit this season and earned a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia off the back of his fine performances. A surprise inclusion, but richly merited.

In his wildest dreams he couldn’t have predicted starting a Champions League final and earning a spot on the plane this summer, but it’s been fully deserved for a player who has given his all from the start of the season. 

But it could have been so different for the West Derby-born Reds fan, and if it were not for an injury to team-mate and countryman Nathaniel Clyne, it’s possible no one would have even known who Alexander-Arnold was. 

"If you take your foot off the gas there's always someone who wants your spot,” he said earlier in the campaign. He’s not wrong.  

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He went from a wildcard to a probable starter for the Three Lions this summer, with Southgate reiterating that he was picked because “he is the best in his position”. 

He’s not wrong, either. Alexander-Arnold has put in almost five crosses from open play per game  in the Premier League this season, more than any other full-back at any top-six club. 

He’s made more tackles per-game (1.9) than most of the Liverpool squad, made as many interceptions as anyone else (1.5) and amazingly made more dribbles per game than both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. 

Such is his attacking threat from the flank, you can see why Southgate is taking what isn’t even a calculated risk. Supplying the balls to Harry Kane in the box is just what the Three Lions need if they’re to make any go of it this summer. 

“He’s going to get better and better”, said Steven Gerrard and that’s exciting news for all Liverpool and England fans.

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