In the space of a year, Liverpool have been crowned English, European and world champions in their pursuit of endless glory.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed a team full of disbelief and lacking an identity into undisputed global conquerers. It’s quite incredible to think just how far this team has come in the space of five short years.
Gone are the days of battling for a sixth or eighth-place top-flight finish. Instead, Liverpool currently identify themselves as the leaders of the pact. They are now the club teams try to emulate and strive to replicate.
A team that once totally absent of leaders and serial winners has suddenly transformed into a group of players where winning is now in their DNA.
Across the board, Liverpool are surrounded by huge characters from the club and vice-captain of the Reds to the international captains of Scotland and the Netherlands – the Premier League champions have some of the biggest voices in football.
This can only board well for the next generation, in particular, Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has been regularly tipped to one day wear the Liverpool armband.
Talk about having sufficient role models for the next crop of potential winners.
From Henderson’s drive and determination to Milner’s elite professionalism or whether it’s the exuberance and calmness of Van Dijk – Liverpool is stacked with huge personalities.
The important thing for Alexander-Arnold which sets him apart from any youngster in English football is that he is already winning the biggest trophies in club football and within three years of his Premier League debut can already be considered a serial winner.
He is Liverpool through and through and more importantly understands what it means to put on that red shirt.
It is always important for any club-captain to drill into his players what it means to play for the club and in his current surroundings, Alexander-Arnold could one day become the ultimate captain.
Master and apprentice
For the likes of Henderson and Milner, Liverpool’s current club and vice-captain are currently approaching the twilight stages of their careers.
And therein lies the vital point. While Alexander-Arnold is ever-present amongst their leadership, the 21-year-old must learn what it means to captain his boyhood club.
While both Henderson and Milner are tied down to lengthy contracts, the senior players can act as the teacher to the apprentice.
This would make Alexander-Arnold perhaps the most qualified apprentice in the country giving his status as an English and European champion as well as the finest full-back currently in world football.
In time, the West Derby prodigy will grow into one of the most inspirational figures in the club’s history. It’s easy sometimes to forget just how young the academy graduate is and that it is likely that he could become and ever-present figure at the club for the next 15 years.
One thing is for certain, it is going to be some emotional journey as Alexander-Arnold continues to mould himself into one of the finest athletes currently on the planet.
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