At 23 years of age, Trent Alexander-Arnold is already supremely profitable.
The Liverpool and England defender has developed into one in all Europe’s elite right-backs, displaying athleticism and playmaking talents which might be uncommon to search 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 top-of-the-line soccer groups on the earth.
Whereas many in his place may be out spending their newfound wealth on automobiles, homes or leisure, Alexander-Arnold’s focus is far nearer to residence.
He could also be a neighborhood icon for Liverpool’s greatest staff, however he nonetheless lives together with his dad and mom, doing the dishes and studying habits that assist maintain his life “clear and wholesome.”
Staying in a spot the place every thing is secure has helped him attain the heights he has, Alexander-Arnold explains.
“I all the time assume younger gamers rush issues,” he advised CNN Senior Sport Analyst Darren Lewis. “You begin getting paid some cash and younger gamers all the time assume the very first thing is to maneuver out, get a brand new automotive, stuff like that.
“After which the setting is simply not the identical. You are dwelling at residence. You’ve got 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 residence to a pleasant, clear setting and issues like that.
“Whereas dwelling at residence (by yourself), breakfast and dinner, you simply assume: ‘I will do this later.’ And then you definitely are available from coaching and then you definitely’re simply not in a clear, good setting. So I’ve by no means felt a rush to depart residence. I’ve all the time had the best messages.
“I’ve simply all the time loved having household round me. And so they’ve saved my ft on the bottom and pushed me to the degrees that I’ve received to this point. So I do not assume there’s any rush for me to decide.”
Ever since he can bear in mind, Alexander-Arnold has been a Liverpool fan.
From dwelling simply 5 minutes away from the staff’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 faculty — 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 one in all hundreds who took to the town’s streets to welcome residence their heroes within the open-top bus parade.
Though he was an enormous fan, his personal introduction on the membership was one in all pure luck. “It was like a half-term camp and the invite received despatched to my faculty and it was like: ‘So who desires to go?'” he stated.
“And as you may think about, everybody within the classroom put their hand up. Now we have to choose names out of a hat, and by chance my title received picked out. I went alongside to it with just a few classmates and after — I do not understand how lengthy it was — I believe perhaps 10, quarter-hour, a scout went as much as my mother and stated: ‘We wish you to start out bringing him up right here in case you can?'”
And as he explains: “The remainder is historical past.”
Since making his first-team debut in 2016, Alexander-Arnold has blossomed into one of the crucial dynamic fullbacks on the earth, terrorizing defenses from a deep place together with his exact crosses and correct through-balls.
In his 161 appearances within the Premier League, he is scored 10 objectives, offered 45 assists and has a exceptional file of profitable 114 video games and solely shedding 19 occasions.
However regardless of that file, 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 staff, 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 grow to be must-watch TV over the course of a season, with Alexander-Arnold admitting enjoying Man Metropolis is Liverpool’s “greatest recreation of the season,” regardless of historically having extra intense rivalries with Everton and Manchester United.
“I believe, traditionally, there’s all the time going to be that rigidity and the rivalries with Everton and with United. However I believe proper now, it is for various causes. I believe there’s all the time going to be a dislike with Liverpool and Everton and Man United,” he stated.
“It is all the time going to be that regardless of the place both staff finishes within the league, each time it is happening, there are all the time very heated video games and each followers actually wish to win it essentially the most. However I believe for various causes, now, Man Metropolis is the most important recreation of season, the perfect staff in England, one in all, if not the, greatest staff on the earth as effectively.
“And, after all, they’re the staff that set the tempo, set the benchmark for the remainder of the league. 4 leagues in 5 years is one thing that not many groups can say we have achieved. So it is tough for us to look previous them and search for anyplace else as motivation. Our motivation is that if we keep in and round Metropolis, then during the last 4 or 5 years, you are in 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 be aware.
The sport 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 had been blamed partially for the disruption, with French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin saying “that the disturbances precipitated had been associated to an enormous inflow of spectators and an in depth variety of false tickets.”
Senator Laurent Lafon, president of the Tradition, Schooling and Communication Fee, which co-authored the report, blamed the violent scenes on the ultimate on “a collection of malfunctions that occurred in a somewhat imprecise administrative and decision-making framework.”
And for Alexander-Arnold and the remainder of his teammates, he admits the entire scenario was “unusual.”
“The messages that had been broadcast by way of the stadium was late fan arrivals and stuff like that … and also you consider what you hear and see in these conditions,” he stated.
“Then it wasn’t till after the sport, clearly, we really discovered 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 is one thing us as gamers and as a membership, we’re actually happy with, the best way they’ve made certain the reality has come out. They’ve made certain that the followers should not simply getting blamed for stuff that they’ve achieved.”