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 might be uncommon to seek out in his place.
Nevertheless, away from the pitch, Alexander-Arnold’s grounding has proved key for him remaining level-headed, regardless of being a significant cog in the most effective soccer groups on the earth.
Whereas many in his place could be out spending their newfound wealth on automobiles, homes or leisure, Alexander-Arnold’s focus is way nearer to dwelling.
He could also be an area icon for Liverpool’s largest staff, however he nonetheless lives along with his dad and mom, doing the dishes and studying habits that assist hold his life “clean and healthy.”
Staying in a spot the place every little thing is secure 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 start getting paid some money and young players always think the first thing is to move out, get a new car, stuff like that.
“After which the setting is simply not the identical. You are dwelling at dwelling. You have received your dad and mom to maintain you in line and ensure issues are clear and tidy, the dishes aren’t stacking up and you are going dwelling to a pleasant, clear setting and issues like that.
“Whereas living at home (on your own), breakfast and dinner, you just think: ‘I’ll do that later.’ And then you come in from training and then you’re just not in a clean, nice environment. So I’ve never felt a rush to leave home. I’ve always had the right messages.
“I’ve simply all the time loved having household round me. They usually’ve saved my ft on the bottom and pushed me to the degrees that I’ve received thus far. So I do not assume there’s any rush for me to decide.”
Ever since he can remember, Alexander-Arnold has been a Liverpool fan.
From living just five minutes away from the team’s training ground — he remembers asking his mom to take him and his siblings to catch a glimpse of their “idols” through the cracks in the walls on their days off from school — to watching them at the weekends, he was in love with the club from a young age.
In celebration of Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League win in 2005, Alexander-Arnold was one of thousands who took to the city’s streets to welcome home their heroes in the open-top bus parade.
Although he was a massive fan, his own introduction at the club was one of pure luck. “It was like a half-term camp and the invite received despatched to my college and it was like: ‘So who desires to go?'” he stated.
“And as you possibly can think about, everybody within the classroom put their hand up. We have now to choose names out of a hat, and by chance my identify received picked out. I went alongside to it with a couple of classmates and after — I do not know the way lengthy it was — I feel perhaps 10, quarter-hour, a scout went as much as my mother and stated: ‘We wish you to begin bringing him up right here should you can?'”
And as he explains: “The relaxation is historical past.”
Since making his first-team debut in 2016, Alexander-Arnold has blossomed into one of the most dynamic fullbacks in the world, terrorizing defenses from a deep position with his precise crosses and accurate through-balls.
In his 161 appearances in the Premier League, he’s scored 10 goals, provided 45 assists and has a remarkable record of winning 114 games and only losing 19 times.
But despite that record, such has been the brilliance of Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool’s trophy winning has been stymied.
Yes, they’ve won plenty during his time in the first team, but the Reds have been narrowly pipped to the Premier League title four times in the last five years — twice by just one point.
The nip-and-tuck battle between the two English juggernauts has become must-watch TV over the course of a season, with Alexander-Arnold admitting playing Man City is Liverpool’s “largest recreation of the season,” despite traditionally having more intense rivalries with Everton and Manchester United.
“I feel, traditionally, there’s all the time going to be that rigidity and the rivalries with Everton and with United. However I feel proper now, it is for various causes. I feel there’s all the time going to be a dislike with Liverpool and Everton and Man United,” he said.
“It is all the time going to be that regardless of the place both staff finishes within the league, every time it is occurring, there are all the time very heated video games and each followers actually wish to win it probably the most. However I feel for various causes, now, Man Metropolis is the most important recreation of season, the perfect staff in England, certainly one of, if not the, greatest staff on the earth as nicely.
“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 12 months 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 notice.
The recreation was delayed by 35 minutes as Liverpool followers struggled to get into the Stade de France, with the French police utilizing tear fuel 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 partly 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.”
Senator Laurent Lafon, president of the Tradition, Training and Communication Fee, which co-authored the report, blamed the violent scenes on the remaining 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 scenario 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 stated.
“Then it wasn’t until after the game, obviously, we actually found out the truth and what happened, what went on. But I think the way the fans have dealt with it — when it happened, during the game and after the game and the following months afterwards — has been outstanding.
“It is one thing us as gamers and as a membership, we’re actually happy with, the way in which they’ve made certain the reality has come out. They’ve made certain that the followers usually are not simply getting blamed for stuff that they’ve accomplished.”