Trent Alexander-Arnold came of age last season when he grasped his opportunity in the Liverpool team.
After Joe Gomez suffered injury, the 19-year-old stepped in as right-back and he continued to thrive under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance.
The teenager held his own in high-pressure matches against Manchester City and Roma in the Champions League, while he also put in a decent shift in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final.
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Alexander-Arnold’s impressive performances, which included scoring two goals and creating three assists in all competitions, earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
The youngster earned his first start on Thursday evening as the Three Lions took on Belgium in their final Group G fixture, which they lost 1-0.
The team may not have won, but Alexander-Arnold gave a lasting impression as he was handed the right wing-back role.
Southgate has opted to go for a back three during the tournament, which means that rather than play in a right-back slot, Alexander-Arnold was pushed further up the field.
During the clash, the teenager delivered more crosses into the danger area than any of his teammates.
The right-sided player, along with Jamie Vardy, produced the most key passes during the match, plus the Liverpool star created an attempt on goal, proving once again that he has an attacking presence.
Alexander-Arnold is going from strength to strength, which can only bode well for Liverpool.
Klopp should soon be able to trust playing the teen in a more advanced role down the right if needs be.