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“This is his club” – Alexander-Arnold’s rise praised by Liverpool Academy graduate Coady

By William Eldridge

Published: 15:26, 23 June 2019

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s ability to take the pressure of representing hometown club Liverpool in his stride has been “remarkable”, according to fellow Reds’ Academy graduate Conor Coady.

Alexander-Arnold was a big part of Liverpool’s Champions League triumph during the 2018/19 season and he also played a key role in the Merseysiders’ second-placed Premier League finish.

Trent’s incredible rise: Five things to know…

  1. Alexander-Arnold made his competitive debut for Liverpool in 2016 and has won the club’s ‘Young Player of the Year’ award twice.
  2. He has already already amassed 85 appearances for the Reds, scoring four goals.
  3. The full-back was voted into the 2018/19 PFA ‘Team of the Year’ ahead of fellow Englishman Kyle Walker.
  4. The right-back is the first ever player aged under 21 to start consecutive Champions League finals.
  5. Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner in the Champions League semi-final victory against Barcelona saw him labelled a “genius”.

Jurgen Klopp side’s narrowly lost out to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, with Pep Guardiola’s men pipping the Reds to the title by just a single point.

However, the Reds more than made up for that domestic disappointment by securing their first Champions League title win since their famous triumph over AC Milan in 2005, by defeating fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

Liverpool’s dominance was built on their defensive stability, and a significant proportion of their defensive stability was Alexander-Arnold, who has established himself at both club and international level across the past two seasons.

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Former Liverpool man Coady – who now plays for Wolves and enjoyed great success during their return to the Premier League – has heaped praise upon the young right-back, explaining that the youngster’s passion for his employers is clear to see.

Coady told Liverpool’s official website: “It’s incredible.

“People have to realise how tough it is to make it at such a big club like this and realise what he has actually done. How he has gone about his business is absolutely brilliant.

“You see how much he loves Liverpool Football Club, I’ve heard him talk plenty of times saying he wants to go on to be Liverpool captain, he wants to spend his career at Liverpool, this is his club – and you really believe him when he says it.

“I hope people realise how tough it is to make it at a club like this, because it is tough, and the achievement is remarkable.

“The Barcelona game, the corner, will live in every Liverpool fan’s mind for many, many years. To have that confidence to do that in front of the Kop was special.”