At the age of 19, Trent Alexander-Arnold is still developing and being shaped into a first-team regular at Liverpool.
The full-back is not expected to be the finished article just yet, but there is a sense that the teenager came of age on Wednesday night in a Champions League quarter-final clash against Manchester City.
The Merseyside-born player, who Liverpool fans wanted dropped from the team prior to the match, held his own against Pep Guardiola’s stars.
The youngster showed no fear as he managed to nullify Leroy Sane’s threat and help the Reds maintain a stunning 3-0 win.
The result, which saw Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane get on the scoresheet, gives Liverpool a huge advantage heading into the second leg at the Etihad Stadium.
Given City’s domestic dominance this season – they are just one win away from sealing the Premier League title – a dramatic comeback cannot be ruled out.
However, it is safe to say that Liverpool fans are the ones flying high at the moment, and Alexander-Arnold is getting plenty of praise.
I really admire Klopp for sticking with Trent Arnold Alexander for the massive Man City game yesterday even though he wasn't in top form and when most supporters wanted Milner to replace him at Right Back. Show faith in the youngsters! #LFC
— Daksh Hassija (@Daksh_LFC) April 5, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold woke up with a dead leg this morning. Turns out he forgot to take Sane out of his pocket. #LFC
— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) April 5, 2018
— Thabo Brian Nyakane (@BluHef_TN) April 5, 2018
Trent Alexander-Arnold really was exceptional today. Absolute class. Defending and distribution. Cut Sane's confidence from early, & everything sent his way. Plus Passion ?? Good game yute ? #LFC #LFCMCI #YNWA
— #SoonFlourish (@KingsleyHTG) April 5, 2018
Genuinely thought Alexander-Arnold was magnificent against City. He's been fairly inconsistent, which is understandable at his age, but when he's good it's clear to see what a talent he is!#LFC https://t.co/cmYd7jvQMs
— Mike Jump (@MikeJump85) April 5, 2018
Trent Alexander Arnold truly impressed me tonight. He handled the pressure of playing such a big game at a young age so well. He performed in front of thousands of people and was a joy to watch tonight #UCL #LFC
— Chloe Pearce (@chloep99_pearce) April 4, 2018
— Eland LFC ?? (@ElandLFC) April 4, 2018
— Toby (@imtobyjoe) April 4, 2018