Trent Alexander-Arnold had a stellar season for Liverpool as he played a big role in the club securing a top-four place and reaching the Champions League final.
The 19-year-old not only impressed the fans, but he caught the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate, who included the right-back in his squad for the World Cup in Russia.
With Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier in the setup, it was always going to be difficult for the teenager to fight his way through.
Alexander-Arnold was given a slither of hope when Southgate opted to pursue a 3-5-2 system, but he decided to use Walker in defence and Trippier as wing-back for Monday night’s opening Group G match against Tunisia.
Both looked comfortable in their roles, but Walker made a blunder by giving away a penalty after appearing to swing his elbow.
In the end, though, England earned a 2-1 victory thanks to Harry Kane’s last-gasp 91st-minute goal.
Alexander-Arnold did not get a minute of action, which disappointed many Liverpool fans and some have called on Southgate to play the youngster against Panama.
— Dan (@DannyBallgame9) June 19, 2018
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— ben hornsby (@benhornsby8) June 18, 2018
All these Kyle Trippier-Ashley Young free kicks could’ve been Trent Alexander Arnold assists #LFC
— Ryan B (@JumpmanRCB) June 18, 2018
Trent wouldn’t of done that #LFC ????????
— Ste Till (@SteTill3) June 18, 2018