Former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has praised Trent Alexander-Arnold, after the teenager scored a superb free kick to help the Reds beat Hoffenheim 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions League play off on Tuesday night.
Alexander-Arnold grew up idolising Gerrard and the technique he used during Tuesday’s victory he had perfected in training, with the expertly taken set-piece finding the bottom corner of the home net in the 35th minute, to give him his first goal for the club.
It was a dream come true for the young defender to make his European debut for his boyhood club, yet alone to mark the occasion with a goal.
After the match Gerrard spoke of the scouser who he thinks has “big talent and a huge future” ahead.
“It’s great that he’s English as well,” the former Liverpool captain said.
“He’s already breathing down Nathaniel Clyne’s neck for that position, and Liverpool have got big strength in that area.
“It’s a special night, special performance. The big thing for me is that the manager has got confidence in him.
“He threw him in at Old Trafford last season, big arena in front of 75,000 and he handled himself really well. So I’m sure he had no doubts about putting him in tonight, it was a huge game, intense game.
“He’s an athlete, he gets up and down very well, does all the basics very well. This kid’s obsessed with improving every single day. He’s only going to get better in the future.”
Alexander-Arnold who was born in West Derby, has been with the club since he was eight years and has represented England at all youth levels from under 16 to under 19, winning Liverpool Young Player of the Season 2016-17. He broke into the Liverpool squad last season.