Players - Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold
Birthdate: 7 October 1998
Birthplace: West Derby, Liverpool, England
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 2004
International debut: 07.06.2018 vs. Costa Rica
International caps: 12/1 11.10.2020
Liverpool debut: 25.10.2016
Last appearance: 19.10.2021
Debut goal: 15.08.2017
Last goal: 10.04.2021
Contract expiry: 30.06.2025 (signed 30.07.2021)
Win ratio: 68.98% W:129 D:29 L:29
Honours: 2019/20 Premier League Young Player of the Season, 2020 PFA Young Player of the Year, Champions League 2019, European Super Cup 2019, FIFA Club World Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20.
League games / goals / assists: 135 / 8 / 35
Total games / goals / assists: 187 / 10 / 45

Player Profile

Alexander-Arnold was originally a central midfielder who was transformed by Jürgen Klopp to a right-back to a devastating effect. The local lad joined the club's academy when he was six years old and was both captain of the u-16 and the u-18 team. In Steven Gerrard's latest autobiography, he details his admiration for Alexander-Arnold, whom Gerrard saw while working on his UEFA coaching badges at the academy. This is how Gerrard describes the potential of Alexander-Arnold who was then 16: “Trent Arnold has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional. He’s quite leggy but he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need. He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood. So, Trent is another Scouser and apparently, just as I tried to be John Barnes and Steve McMahon, he grew up pretending to be me while playing in the Merseyside parks. He can play as a number 6, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions. I know England are all over him.”

Alexander-Arnold made his debut against Tottenham in the League Cup on 25 October 2016, just two weeks after his eighteenth birthday. In December he came on as a substitute at Middlesbrough and Jürgen Klopp had enough faith in him to hand a first Premier League start against Manchester United at Old Trafford in January 2017. By the end of the season, he had made twelve appearances, seven in the league. 

After an impressive pre-season and with Nathaniel Clyne injured, Alexander-Arnold started the 2017/18 season as the team's right-back and scored his first goal against Hoffenheim in a Champions League qualifier on 15 August, curling a free-kick into the net. After battling with Joe Gomez for the position, he made it his own in the second half of the season and became Liverpool's youngest-ever player to appear in a Champions League final. He also earned a call up to England's World Cup squad despite not being capped, making his debut in the final warm-up friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road on 2 June.

2018/19 was another outstanding season for Alexander-Arnold, with 40 appearances in all competitions and a contract extension being signed in January. He scored one goal, a free-kick at Watford, and ended the season with a Champions League medal featuring in probably the most memorable moment of this season's competition when his quickly-taken corner ensured a dramatic 4-0 comeback win against Barcelona. Being interviewed after the final in Madrid, the Scouser modestly responded that he was just a normal lad from Liverpool whose dreams had come true.

In the 2019/20 season, Alexander-Arnold became the team's expert free-kick taker and he added 15 assists to his already impressive total. He broke his own record for the most assists by a defender in a single Premier League season. At 21 he's featured in two consecutive Champions League finals, winning one and lifted the Premier League title with Liverpool which the likes of Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher never got to experience in their legendary careers. In December 2019, Trent came 19th in the voting for the Ballon d'Or. He received the ultimate accolade from one of the best right-backs in the history of the game, Cafu, who twice was a World Cup winner with Brazil. "I think he has what it takes to become a Ballon d’Or winner. We have to change this ­paradigm where the Ballon d’Or is only won by ­attackers and strikers. People have to see that defenders are just as ­important as attackers. ­Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, no doubt about it. He’s a great player and has the same characteristics as I did. He’s got a Brazilian instinct in the way he plays." Then Cafu speculated on what might be the next step for this exciting talent. "He has to play like one of the great full-backs, adapt to the position, become the best full-back in the world and then maybe there could be some sort of adaptation in terms of midfield." Alexander-Arnold, who was voted Young Player of the Year in 2020 by the PFA, has truly established himself as one of the best right-backs in the world and is on an upward trajectory that is simply frightening.

During 2020/21 Alexander-Arnold again impressed, and in December became the Reds' youngest ever captain in European competition in a group stage game away to Danish side Midtjylland. Some sections of the media were quick to seize on the fact he was omitted from three World Cup qualifiers by England boss Gareth Southgate. He responded with a late winner against Aston Villa at Anfield on 10 April, ending a run of six straight home defeats. He finished the season with two goal and seven assists in the Premier League and was included in the squad for the delayed Euro 2020 tournament. However, a thigh strain sustained eight days before it was due to begin ruled him out. He agreed improved terms with Liverpool during the close season and was fit again for the start of the new campaign. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 135 5 3 41 3 187
2016-2017 7 2 3 0 0 12
2017-2018 19 2 0 12 0 33
2018-2019 29 0 0 11 0 40
2019-2020 38 0 0 8 3 49
2020-2021 36 1 0 8 0 45
2021-2022 6 0 0 2 0 8
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
10 788 Tottenham
9 766 Southampton
9 749 Chelsea
9 738 Manchester City
9 714 Burnley
9 564 Everton
7 629 Brighton & Hove Albion
7 620 Manchester United
7 545 Newcastle United
7 540 Arsenal
7 535 Crystal Palace
6 528 West Ham United
6 514 Watford
5 382 Wolves
4 360 Aston Villa
4 360 Sheffield United
4 359 Leeds United
4 358 Leicester City
4 350 WBA
4 282 Napoli
4 263 Fulham
4 243 Bournemouth
3 294 Atletico Madrid
3 270 Real Madrid
3 270 Norwich City
3 235 Porto
2 180 Salzburg
2 180 NK Maribor
2 180 Red Bull Leipzig
2 180 Midtjylland
2 180 Plymouth Argyle
2 180 Roma
2 180 Bayern Munich
2 176 Cardiff City
2 155 Hoffenheim
2 136 Red Star Belgrade
2 120 Spartak Moscow
2 110 Stoke City
1 120 Flamengo
1 90 Paris St Germain
1 90 Barcelona
1 90 Brentford
1 90 Ajax
1 90 Swansea City
1 90 Genk
1 90 AC Milan
1 88 Huddersfield Town
1 82 Atalanta
1 16 CF Monterrey
1 0 Middlesbrough
Total Started/substitutions
169 Started
45 On the bench
18 Substitute
32 Substituted
Total Venue
93 Home
89 Away
5 Neutral
Total Competition
135 Premier League
40 Champions League
5 FA Cup
3 League Cup
2 World Club Championship
1 Community Shield
1 European Super Cup
Total Manager
187 Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 8 0 0 2 0 10
2016-2017 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017-2018 1 0 0 2 0 3
2018-2019 1 0 0 0 0 1
2019-2020 4 0 0 0 0 4
2020-2021 2 0 0 0 0 2
2021-2022 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
10 Started
0 Substitute
Total Competition
8 Premier League
2 Champions League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
4 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
6 Open play
4 Direct freekick
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 35 0 1 8 1 45
2016-2017 0 0 1 0 0 1
2017-2018 1 0 0 1 0 2
2018-2019 12 0 0 4 0 16
2019-2020 13 0 0 1 1 15
2020-2021 7 0 0 2 0 9
2021-2022 2 0 0 0 0 2
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 25.10.2016 Tottenham Anfield League Cup
50 15.09.2018 Tottenham Wembley League
100 02.11.2019 Aston Villa Villa Park League
150 19.12.2020 Crystal Palace Selhurst Park League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 35 15.08.2017 Hoffenheim Rhein-Neckar-Arena Europe
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