Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold was "nothing special" as a youngster
Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Paul Woolston exemplified Trent Alexander-Arnold’s jaw dropping rise, stating the Liverpool ace was "nothing special" when he was playing as a central midfielder.
Alexander-Arnold has been a pivotal figure in Jurgen Klopp’s side’s bid for an unprecedented ‘Quadruple’ triumph this season. The Englishman has been in devastating form, contributing two goals and 19 assists in 45 appearances in all competitions.
However, Woolston, who played behind the 23-year-old with the England U17s, said the Liverpool defender was actually playing as a central midfielder with the young Lions. But in what is nothing less than a huge testament to his incredible ability, Woolston said Alexander-Arnold was “not anything special” at the time they played together.
“He was a centre-midfielder,” Woolston said to a dumbfounded Ben Foster on the ‘Fozcast’. He was never someone special but he had a great work ethic and I think he’s developed and is still developing into one of the best right-backs in the world.
“At that point I would not have said ‘wow he is going to do this’ but it’s down to himself to work hard and get into that position.” Alexander-Arnold has won every trophy that has been available to him, and he could very well win his second Champions League title.
While he missed the European Championships through injury, he has still managed to accumulate 16 international caps for the Three Lions. Ironically, he has also been deployed by Gareth Southgate at central midfield during England’s 4-0 win against Andorra in the World Cup qualifiers.
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And Foster added extra praise on the Liverpool man, stating his potential to raise his game to even higher levels is “scary”. “That’s scary then, that at that age he was not necessarily the most gifted player,” the Watford goalkeeper replied.
“Now look at him, technically speaking he is outrageous. If he has gone from being not anything special to, technically, one of the best in the world, he could get even better.”
Alexander-Arnold also played the full 120 minutes in Liverpool’s FA Cup Final triumph over Chelsea. He also converted his own spot-kick to help the Reds overcome the Blues in a second Wembley penalty shootout of the season.
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