Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Tremendous Cup and FIFA Membership World Cup – he’s received all of them.
At 23 years of age, Trent Alexander-Arnold is already supremely profitable.
The Liverpool and England defender has developed into certainly one of Europe’s elite right-backs, displaying athleticism and playmaking talents which can be uncommon to seek out in his place.
Nonetheless, away from the pitch, Alexander-Arnold’s grounding has proved key for him remaining level-headed, regardless of being an important cog in the most effective soccer groups on the planet.
Whereas many in his place is perhaps out spending their newfound wealth on vehicles, homes or leisure, Alexander-Arnold’s focus is way nearer to residence.
He could also be a neighborhood icon for Liverpool’s greatest group, however he nonetheless lives along with his mother and father, doing the dishes and studying habits that assist maintain his life “clean and healthy.”
Staying in a spot the place every part is steady has helped him attain the heights he has, Alexander-Arnold explains.
“I always think young players rush things,” he informed CNN Senior Sport Analyst Darren Lewis. “You begin getting paid some cash and younger gamers all the time suppose the very first thing is to maneuver out, get a brand new automobile, stuff like that.
“After which the surroundings is simply not the identical. You’re dwelling at residence. You’ve received your mother and father to maintain you in line and ensure issues are clear and tidy, the dishes aren’t stacking up and also you’re going residence to a pleasant, clear surroundings and issues like that.
“Whereas dwelling at residence (by yourself), breakfast and dinner, you simply suppose: ‘I’ll do this later.’ And then you definately are available in from coaching and then you definately’re simply not in a clear, good surroundings. So I’ve by no means felt a rush to go away residence. I’ve all the time had the proper messages.
“I’ve just always enjoyed having family around me. And they’ve kept my feet on the ground and pushed me to the levels that I’ve got so far. So I don’t think there’s any rush for me to make a decision.”
Ever since he can bear in mind, Alexander-Arnold has been a Liverpool fan.
From dwelling simply 5 minutes away from the group’s coaching floor – he remembers asking his mother to take him and his siblings to catch a glimpse of their “idols” by way of the cracks within the partitions on their days off from college – to watching them on the weekends, he was in love with the membership from a younger age.
In celebration of Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League win in 2005, Alexander-Arnold was certainly one of 1000’s who took to town’s streets to welcome residence their heroes within the open-top bus parade.
Though he was a large fan, his personal introduction on the membership was certainly one of pure luck. “It was like a half-term camp and the invite got sent to my school and it was like: ‘So who wants to go?’” he mentioned.
“And as you can imagine, everyone in the classroom put their hand up. We have to pick names out of a hat, and luckily my name got picked out. I went along to it with a few classmates and after – I don’t know how long it was – I think maybe 10, 15 minutes, a scout went up to my mom and said: ‘We want you to start bringing him up here if you can?’”
And as he explains: “The rest is history.”
Since making his first-team debut in 2016, Alexander-Arnold has blossomed into one of the vital dynamic fullbacks on the planet, terrorizing defenses from a deep place along with his exact crosses and correct through-balls.
His transformation into the brand new prototype of right-back – attacking, bodily and good on the ball – was a key cause behind Liverpool’s Premier League victory in 2020, the membership’s first for 30 years.
In his 161 appearances within the Premier League, he’s scored 10 objectives, supplied 45 assists and has a outstanding document of profitable 114 video games and solely dropping 19 occasions.
However regardless of that document, such has been the brilliance of Manchester Metropolis beneath Pep Guardiola, Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool’s trophy profitable has been stymied.
Sure, they’ve received loads throughout his time within the first group, however the Reds have been narrowly pipped to the Premier League title 4 occasions within the final 5 years – twice by only one level.
The nip-and-tuck battle between the 2 English juggernauts has develop into must-watch TV over the course of a season, with Alexander-Arnold admitting taking part in Man Metropolis is Liverpool’s “biggest game of the season,” regardless of historically having extra intense rivalries with Everton and Manchester United.
“I think, historically, there’s always going to be that tension and the rivalries with Everton and with United. But I think right now, it’s for different reasons. I think there’s always going to be a dislike with Liverpool and Everton and Man United,” he mentioned.
“It’s all the time going to be that regardless of the place both group finishes within the league, each time it’s happening, there are all the time very heated video games and each followers actually wish to win it probably the most. However I believe for various causes, now, Man Metropolis is the most important recreation of season, the very best group in England, certainly one of, if not the, finest group on the planet as properly.
“And, of course, they’re the team that set the pace, set the benchmark for the rest of the league. Four leagues in five years is something that not many teams can say we’ve done. So it’s difficult for us to look past them and look for anywhere else as motivation. Our motivation is if we stay in and around City, then over the last four or five years, you’re in a good place.”
Though final yr was one other profitable season for Liverpool and Alexander-Arnold personally – with each FA Cup and League Cup winners medals added to the trophy cupboard – it ended on a bitter word.
Within the season finale – the Champions League ultimate in Paris which Liverpool misplaced 1-0 – chaos involving Liverpool followers outdoors the stadium marred the event.
The recreation was delayed by 35 minutes as Liverpool followers struggled to get into the Stade de France, with the French police utilizing tear gasoline on followers held in tightly packed areas.
After the match, regardless of the membership’s account of occasions and particulars from the followers, Reds followers have been blamed partially for the disruption, with French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin saying “that the disturbances caused were related to a massive influx of spectators and an extensive number of false tickets.”
Nonetheless, a report from the French Senate cleared Liverpool followers of any duty in July, as an alternative blaming decision-making from French officers.
Senator Laurent Lafon, president of the Tradition, Training and Communication Fee, which co-authored the report, blamed the violent scenes on the ultimate on “a series of malfunctions that occurred in a rather vague administrative and decision-making framework.”
And for Alexander-Arnold and the remainder of his teammates, he admits the entire state of affairs was “strange.”
“The messages that were broadcast through the stadium was late fan arrivals and stuff like that … and you believe what you hear and see in those situations,” he mentioned.
“Then it wasn’t till after the sport, clearly, we really came upon the reality and what occurred, what went on. However I believe the best way the followers have handled it – when it occurred, in the course of the recreation and after the sport and the next months afterwards – has been excellent.
“It’s something us as players and as a club, we’re really proud of, the way they’ve made sure the truth has come out. They’ve made sure that the fans are not just getting blamed for stuff that they’ve done.”