Why Trent Alexander-Arnold has ‘huge future’ with Liverpool

Former Reds star Steven Gerrard

  • 05:00, 16 AUG 2017

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool

Trent Alexander-Arnold has a “huge future” at Liverpool and will keep getting better, according to Kop legend Steven Gerrard.

The young Scouser announced himself on the big stage on Tuesday night, scoring a superb free kick as the Reds beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in their Champions League play-off first leg.

It was some way for the 18-year-old to mark his European debut, and earned him gushing praise from manager Jurgen Klopp post-match.

Gerrard, of course, has long spoken of the West Derby-born teenager’s talent. He identified Alexander-Arnold as one to watch in his autobiography, and speaking on BT Sport after the game the former Liverpool skipper and current U18s coach gave his verdict.

“Big talent, and he’s got a huge future,” Gerrard said. “It’s great that he’s English as well.

“He’s already breathing down Nathaniel Clyne’s neck for that position, and Liverpool have got big strength in that area.

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Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

 15 August 2017

Liverpool took a vital step towards Champions League qualification with a 2-1 win in Hoffenheim, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane catching the eye, in particular.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Champions League Play Off, First Leg; Rhein-Neckar-Arena
August 15, 2017

Goals: Alexander-Arnold (’35), Nordtveit OG (’74); Uth (87)

Simon Mignolet (out of 10) – 8

Mignolet took some flack for his involvement in Watford‘s goals on Saturday, but how crucial could his role here be?

The Belgian saved another penalty (his seventh for LFC), and also made a crucial save from Serge Gnabry before half-time.

He is producing more big moments than he used to.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8

What a night for the Reds’ most exciting youngster in years.

On his first ever European appearance, the 18-year-old cut a calm, composed figure, and then opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick. Pace, power and quality down the right flank – what a talent.

Didn’t cover himself in glory for Hoffenheim’s goal, though, not playing to the whistle.

Joel Matip – 7

Matip has been questioned a little of late, but he was improved against the Bundesliga outfit, despite the odd lapse here and there.

One excellent clearance in the first-half cleared the danger, and his use of the ball was much better than at Vicarage Road.

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Trent steps to the fore as lax Lovren lingers – 5 talking points from Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

 15 August 2017

Liverpool secured an important 2-1 play-off win away to Hoffenheim, with talking points around a few individual performances, good and bad.

Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool

Champions League Play-Off, Rhein-Neckar-Arena
August 15, 2017

Goals: Uth 87′; Alexander-Arnold 35′, Nordtveit 74′

Trent Steps to the Fore

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Liverpool's goal-scorer Trent Alexander-Arnold applauds the travelling supporters after beating TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 2-1 during the UEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Liverpool at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Nathaniel Clyne out injured, Trent Alexander-Arnold has stepped into his place and become one of the more impressive players during pre-season and in the first two competitive games.

He had an up-and-down start to the game, both literally and figuratively: he attacked and defended the entire right flank with mixed success, but even if he was beaten by his man in the first instance he recovered well.

He looked dangerous going forward and did well on the occasions he found himself with the ball in central areas.

His real highlight was a demonstration of the mental toughness he possesses as a player, and it is this which will see him go far in the game.

Among a team of hesitant, slightly older, heads, Trent stepped up to take a free-kick and found the bottom corner with an excellent curling effort to give his side a vital goal.

Prior to this he’d been taking corners in the age-old Liverpool tradition of not getting the ball past the near post, but if they were just a warmup for this free-kick then you can let him off.

For the rest of the game he was excellent, getting into good positions on the overlap and defending well across the pitch.

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Wijnaldum: It’s not a ‘big’ result yet

Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Hoffenheim can only be considered a ‘big’ result if they complete the job in the return leg at Anfield, according to Georginio Wijnaldum.

Trent Alexander-Arnold secured a vital away goal in the first half with a sublime free-kick and the advantage in the Champions League play-off was doubled when James Milner saw a deflection beat the goalkeeper.

But Mark Uth responded in the final minutes of the tie in Germany, meaning there is plenty for Jürgen Klopp’s men still to do when the sides meet again next Wednesday.

“I don’t want to speak about a ‘big’ result, more a ‘good’ result,” Wijnaldum insisted to Liverpoolfc.com at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

“The big result must be at the end of the two games and that means you’re through to the Champions League – so not a big result, a good result.

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Jürgen Klopp on Hoffenheim win, Trent’s free-kick and why he took it

15th August 2017

Jürgen Klopp expressed his satisfaction with Liverpool’s performance and praised the decisive efforts of Simon Mignolet and Trent Alexander-Arnold after watching his side earn a hard-fought 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

The Reds claimed a narrow victory in the first leg of their Champions League qualifying play-off tie in Germany on Tuesday, thanks in no small part to Mignolet’s early penalty save and Alexander-Arnold’s stunning 30-yard free-kick.

Those events meant Liverpool went in 1-0 up at the break, and Havard Nordtveit’s own goal – which came via James Milner’s shot – doubled their advantage 16 minutes from time.

Mark Uth pulled one back late on for Hoffenheim, but the Reds are in charge of the tie going into next Wednesday’s second leg at Anfield.

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Trent: European debut and first LFC goal a ‘thing of dreams’

15th August 2017

Trent Alexander-Arnold will forever remember this night in Germany.

The Liverpool full-back shrugged off the size of the occasion against Hoffenheim, on his maiden European appearance for the club, with a composed display that was punctuated by a stunning goal.

Taking charge of a free-kick situation 10 minutes before the break, Alexander-Arnold sent the ball swerving around the wall and firmly into the bottom right corner for the opener at Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

His sublime effort set Jürgen Klopp’s team on their way to a crucial 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Champions League qualifying play-off with the Bundesliga outfit.

“Obviously it’s a thing of dreams to make your European debut for your boyhood club. And to mark it with a goal as well was very special for me,” Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport.

“But, more importantly, we got the win. We’ll still be a little bit disappointed with the late goal, but it’s always good to take a lead back to Anfield.”

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Photo gallery: Advantage Liverpool after victory over Hoffenheim

15th August 2017

Liverpool lead at the halfway stage of their Champions League play-off with Hoffenheim after claiming a 2-1 victory in the first leg in Germany.

A stunning free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the first half put Jürgen Klopp’s men in front at Rhein-Neckar-Arena, and the advantage was later doubled via James Milner’s deflected effort.

Mark Uth grabbed a goal back for the Bundesliga side with three minutes left on the clock but the Reds have taken control of the tie.

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