Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad after a superb breakthrough season.
When Nathaniel Clyne picked up a serious injury in pre-season, there were major fears among the Liverpool fans as the only remaining options outside of the transfer market were Joe Gomez and Trent.
Fast forward to May 2018 and there isn’t a single fan doubting the latter after the Scouser turned in mature displays against both Manchester City and AS Roma in the quarter and semi-finals of the Champions League.
His improvement as a defender has seen his boyhood club progress to the final of Europe’s most prestigious tournament.
The 19-year-old is yet to be capped at senior level but was invited to train with the senior team before friendlies with Italy and the Netherlands in March.
Not only does it come as a surprise inclusion, despite his obvious talent and potential, but it really showcases just how highly rated the Liverpool academy graduate is.
Trent’s next few weeks will be massive for him as a player, with the Champions League final just 10 days away before he will jet off to Russia with England for the World Cup.
With Kyle Walker being considered as a right-sided centre half, it could open the door for the fullback to start in Russia.
Regardless of how much game time he gets, there is no denying that his inclusion will prove to be massive as far as experience is concerned.