At the age of 23, Trent Alexander-Arnold has already achieved superlative success.
The Liverpool and England defender has developed into one of Europe’s elite right-backs, showing off his athletic and play-making abilities that you rarely find in his position.
However, off the field, the Alexander-Arnold method proved essential to him in keeping his balance, despite being a vital cog in one of the best football teams in the world.
While many in his position might spend their newfound wealth on cars, homes, or entertainment, Alexander Arnold’s focus is much closer to home.
He may be a local icon for Liverpool’s biggest team, but he still lives with his parents, doing the dishes and learning habits that help keep his life ‘clean and healthy’.
Alexander-Arnold explains that staying in a place where everything is stable helped him reach the heights he had.
“I always think the young players rush things,” said Darren Lewis, CNN’s chief sports analyst. “You start to get some money and the young guys always think the first thing is to go out, get a new car, things like that.
“And then the environment is not the same. You live at home. You have your parents to keep you in line and make sure things are neat and tidy, dishes are not piled up and you are going home to a nice, clean environment and things like that.”
“While you live at home (alone), breakfast and dinner, you just think: ‘I’ll do that later.’ And then you come from training and then you’re not in a nice, clean environment. So I never felt in a rush to leave the house. I always got the right messages.
“I have always enjoyed having family around me. They have kept my feet on the ground and pushed me to the levels I have reached so far. So I don’t think there is any rush for me to make a decision.”
Since he can remember, Alexander Arnold was a Liverpool fan.
From living just five minutes from the team’s training ground – he remembers asking his mother to take him and his siblings to look at their “idols” through cracks in the walls on their days off from school – to watching them on weekends, he loved the club from a young age.
Celebrating Liverpool’s thrilling 2005 Champions League victory, Alexander-Arnold was one of thousands who took to the city streets to welcome their heroes at the open bus parade.
Although he was a huge fan, his introduction at the club was pure luck. He said, “It was like a half-class camp, and the invitation was sent to my school and it was like: Who wants to go?”
“And as you can imagine, everyone in the class raised their hand. And we had to pick names out of a hat, and fortunately my name was chosen. I went with it with a few of my classmates and then – I didn’t I don’t know how long – I think maybe 10 , 15 minutes, a scout came up to my mom and said, “We want you to start bringing him here if you can?”
As he explains: “The rest is history.”
Since his debut for the team in 2016, Alexander-Arnold has blossomed into one of the world’s most dynamic defenders, terrorizing defenses from a deep position with his precise crosses and precise through balls.
In 161 matches he played in the Premier League, he scored 10 goals and provided 45 assists and has an impressive record of winning 114 games and losing only 19 times.
But despite that record, it was Manchester City’s brilliance under Pep Guardiola and Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool’s cup win.
Yes, they have won a lot during his time in the first team, but the Reds have narrowly won the Premier League title four times in the past five years – twice by just one point.
The status battle between the two English giants has become a must-watch over the course of the season, with Alexander-Arnold admitting Man City’s play is Liverpool’s “biggest match of the season”, despite having more intense rivalries with Everton and Manchester United.
“I think, historically, there will always be this tension and rivalries with Everton and with United. But I think now, for different reasons. I think there will always be hatred with Liverpool, Everton and Man United,” he said.
“It will always be that no matter where either team ends up in the league, wherever it is, there are always very hot matches and both fans really want to win the title. But I think for different reasons, now, Manchester City is the biggest game of the season, The best team in England, if not TheThe best team in the world, too.
“And of course, they are the team that set the tempo, set the standard for the rest of the league. Four championships in five years is something not many teams can say we’ve done. So it’s hard for us to do that. Look beyond them and look elsewhere on that. Drive. Our drive is if we stay in and around town, then for the last four or five years, you’ll be in a good place.”
end of the season
Although last year was another successful season for Liverpool and Alexander-Arnold personally – with two FA Cup and League Cup medals added to the cup treasury – it ended on a bad note.
The match was delayed by 35 minutes as Liverpool fans struggled to reach the Stade de France, as French police used tear gas on fans held in tightly packed areas.
After the match, despite the club’s version of events and details from the fans, the Reds fans were partly blamed for the disruption, with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin saying “the disturbances it caused was linked to the influx of large numbers of spectators and a large number of spectators.” “.
Senator Laurent Lavon, chair of the Committee on Culture, Education and Communication, which co-wrote the report, blamed the scenes of violence in the final on “a series of malfunctions within a rather opaque administrative and decision-making framework.”
And for Alexander-Arnold and the rest of his teammates, he admits that the whole situation was “strange”.
“The messages that were broadcast across the stadium were late fans and things like that… and you believe what you hear and see in those situations,” he said.
“And then it wasn’t until after the game, obviously, that we found out the truth and what happened, what happened. But I think the way the fans handled it – when it happened, during the match and after the game and the months after that – was fantastic.
“It’s something we as players and as a club we’re really proud of, in the way they made sure the truth came out. They made sure the fans weren’t blamed for the things they did.”