Jurgen Klopp may have spent a fortune in the transfer market to help transform Liverpool into genuine Premier League title contenders, but the revered German coach has also helped a number of the club’s talented youngsters develop under his management.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is, of course, one of the biggest success stories of Klopp’s tenure so far at Anfield.
The 20-year-old has been magnificent over the past couple of seasons - putting in mature performances that defy his tender age - and could easily be Liverpool’s first-choice right-back for the next decade.
Alexander-Arnold, who has also been capped five times by England since making his debut earlier this year, was born in Liverpool in 1998 and joined the club’s youth ranks six years later.
Talented young footballers from Merseyside will always have the firm backing of Liverpool fans and Alexander-Arnold is certainly no exception.
The right-back produced another decent performance for the Reds in their 5-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday evening.
But BT Sport pundit Martin Keown raised eyebrows after giving his honest opinion about the young full-back following the full-time whistle.
“I think we should find another position for him,” Keown said. “I think he could play in a central midfield role for England.
“I see a [Steven][ Gerrard in him.”
The next Gerrard? Steady on, Martin.
Keown added: “He’s playing in this team as a right-back but there’s more to the player and I think we’ll see him play in a more advanced role as time goes on.
“He’s a wonderful talent, can play anywhere. He really has got a lot to his game and reminds me of Gerrard as a youngster.
“Perhaps midfield will be his position, maybe [Gareth] Southgate should find a role for him.
“The pace that he has, the vision for passes, and if he could be moulded into that position from Southgate, who is an outstanding manager and can give him the messages he needs.”
Needless to say, football fans have had plenty to say about Keown’s assessment of Alexander-Arnold.
Some Liverpool fans, however, have pointed out that Keown may have a point because Alexander-Arnold came through the youth ranks playing as an attacking midfielder.
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