Picture of Jamie Carragher and Alexander-Arnold goes viral - but there's a problem

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is the name on every Liverpool fan's lips at the moment.

The young local lad announced himself onto the scene with a stunning free-kick in the first half of the Reds' 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in Germany on Tuesday.

Aside from the goal, Alexander-Arnold's work defensively and overall performance also impressed on his European debut.

It was so good, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has backed the 18-year-old to become 'a top, top player'. For an academy graduate, it does not get much better than that.

Understandably delighted with Gerrard's praise, Alexander-Arnold responded:

“It’s always good to get compliments from your idol and I am hoping to live up to his words.

“It is always good to have his backing and support."

Gerrard wasn't the only former Anfield favourite TAA had made an impression on, though.


Jamie Carragher reacted to Alexander-Arnold's first goal by sharing a photo of what he believed to be Liverpool's new star as his mascot for a game against Leeds in 2009.

The tweet immediately went viral and at the time of writing, has already picked up 18,450 retweets and over 50,500 likes.

However, there appears to be a slight issue. That boy isn't actually Trent Alexander-Arnold...

According to the Liverpool Echo, it is really a supporter, now 19-years-old, called Dion Simpson.

"I was a mascot back in 2009 against Leeds away, which is my hometown," Simpson told the Echo.

"And then last year Sky put some footage out on Sky Sports News which they thought was Trent, just before the recent EFL Cup game against Leeds last year.

"Then it went viral all last year - and now Carra has brought it back up again!"

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"I already seen the footage in 2009 because someone recorded me at the game.

"You could see me in the tunnel, but when they played it last year and thought it was Trent, it was pretty funny.

"And then the big Twitter accounts and newspaper accounts were posting it around on Facebook and Twitter, and it just kept going on for months.

"It's only just died down, but now it's gone even worse because Carra has posted the picture."

As cases of mistaken identity go, this one is pretty awkward...

Why Alexander-Arnold hasn't revealed it isn't actually him yet either is anyone's guess.

Someone should probably tell Carra too...

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