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Liverpool fans take issue with Trent Alexander-Arnold being named 2019 NWFA Rising Star

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.

Alexander-Arnold made his Reds first-team debut in October 2016 against Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup, before making his Premier League bow that December away to Cardiff City.

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?

Is Alexander-Arnold the best RB in the Premier League?

Absolutely, he's insane

Absolutely, he's insane

He's the best in Europe

He's the best in Europe

He's the best in the world

He's the best in the world

Still some room to improve first

Still some room to improve first

Here are some of the messages shared after Alexander-Arnold swept the 2019 NWFA Rising Star award…

Article title: Liverpool fans take issue with Trent Alexander-Arnold being named 2019 NWFA Rising Star

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