Football fans have been reacting on social media after the Anfield outfit shared that Trent Alexander-Arnold had been named the 2019 Rising Star winner at the Northwest Football Awards ceremony, taking issue with the fact that the England international is already an established name.
The Liverpool-born defender then firmly established his role at Anfield in the 2017/18 campaign as he made 19 top-flight appearances, before going on to feature in 29 of the Merseyside club’s league games the following term.
Across his 29 Premier League appearances last season, Alexander-Arnold recorded 12 assists, which was the joint-third most in the division, only behind Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and AFC Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser.
Alexander-Arnold also recorded 61 successful tackles, 35 interceptions, 62 clearances and 25 blocks, per WhoScored data, as Liverpool took the title fight to the final day of the season.
The 21-year-old demonstrated his offensive capabilities beyond his assists with 14 successful dribbles and a total of 48 key balls, of which 18 were marked as being long passes.
Alexander-Arnold swept to the Rising Star gong at the NWFA’s 2018 ceremony in a double triumph for Liverpool, too, as Niamh Charles claimed the women’s award.
The Reds right-back has made it back-to-back triumphs at the annual event, by beating competition from Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, Chelsea’s Recce James, Fleetwood Town’s Ash Hunter and Rangers’ George Edmundson, among others.
But Liverpool supporters aren’t too happy about the ‘rising star’ label and understandably so – can a player really be dubbed a ‘rising star’ for two straight seasons?
Here are some of the messages shared after Alexander-Arnold swept the 2019 NWFA Rising Star award…
Rising star???? He’s already a star!!
— Darren P (@darrenp1973) November 11, 2019
He’s the best defender and not a rising star
— david mavimbela (@mavimbela_david) November 12, 2019
He is no longer rising coz he is already at the top…world class!
— Soko_Mkanya (@WekuBuhera) November 11, 2019
For me he is established already
— onyeka (@MBAOON) November 11, 2019
If his star raised much higher it’ll leave this galaxy!!!
— Andy Clynch (@AndyClynch) November 11, 2019
‘Rising star’? He’s already a star. The best right back in world football.
— Jake Allport (@JakeAAllport) November 12, 2019