Trent Alexander-Arnold is quite comfortably our Young Player of 2020. The Liverpool star had yet another sensational year.
It’s incredibly easy to forget just how young Trent Alexander-Arnold is. He’s 22 and, for some perspective, was born the month before Caoimhín Kelleher – a kid only just starting his first-team career.
And yet Alexander-Arnold already has an absolutely ridiculous honours list, both individual and team.
Just this year, the Scouser has made the ESM Team of the season, the PFA Team of the Year, and the FIFPRO World XI. He was both the Premier League Young Player of the Season and the PFA Young Player of the Year.
Above all, though, Alexander-Arnold helped deliver the Premier League title to Liverpool. He was no bit-part player, either, but one of the most important players in the team.
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He finished 2nd in assists for the 19/20 season, behind only Kevin De Bruyne, with 13. That figure was enough to break the Premier League record for assists by a defender – his own, set the year before.
All of this goes someway to explaining just how good Alexander-Arnold is for his age but it still doesn’t feel quite enough.
He’s the best right-back in the world, for one. He’s so good you forget that he’s nowhere near his prime and still learning his trade.
It’s so easy to forget that you could, say, originally give this award to Curtis Jones, and write an entire article explaining why, only to remember that Alexander-Arnold is still only 22 and quite clearly the Young Player of 2020.
We’ll need to decide the age limit, in fact, or he’s winning this for the next two years, too. The only way that possibly changes is if we signed Kylian Mbappe and Alexander-Arnold get serious competition.
Because he’s not just a great young player but one of the best players in the world. He’s undoubtedly the best in his position as he continues to set new standards at right-back.
So the next great question, as it is for every young player, is just how good can be become?
And we don’t have an answer! Who can possibly know? The ceiling is as high as you can imagine, in all honesty. Alexander-Arnold is 22 and yet we already know he’ll go down as one of Liverpool’s all-time greats.
Perhaps that’s the best way to sum him up. After 128 years, 19 league titles and six European Cups, Alexander-Arnold is already putting himself into the club’s all-time discussion, just three-and-a-half years into his senior career.
What a sensational player.