Former Liverpool academy coach Michael Beale has claimed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best young player he has ever coached.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the now Queens Park Rangers boss suggested that the Liverpool man was even better than the likes of Chelsea’s Mason Mount. Having worked at Chelsea before Liverpool, he oversaw the development of an impressive list of players, including Mount.
“A lot of really famous players now playing in the Premier League came through that programme or trained with us,” said Beale. “Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Tammy Abraham, Dominic Solanke, Fikayo Tomori, Eddie Nketiah…”
That’s an impressive roll call, but it’s Alexander-Arnold who stands out for Beale.
“I worked with some fantastic young players. The biggest one is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who came through and has won everything there is to win at such a young age. Every time I see him play I just smile because I know the journey he’s been on to get there,” said Beale.
Trent still the one to beat
Beale has no doubt worked with an impressive group of young players at Chelsea. Their academy is renowned for churning out talent on a regular basis, and five of the six he mentions are now full England internationals.
None can match the talent of Alexander-Arnold, though.
Liverpool’s number 66 truly is a one-of-a-kind player. He’s the kind of player who instantly improves a team, and The Reds are lucky to have him.
Trent will turn twenty-four in under three months, and can now no longer really be considered a young player. He may still be young-ish in terms of age, but his experience is that of a much older player.
With 226 appearances for Liverpool under his belt, he’s well on course to shoot up the all-time table for Liverpool. The full-back has also now appeared in three Champions League finals, winning one of them, and has won a further five major trophies with Liverpool.
Few could have envisaged such a successful spell at his boyhood club when Alexander-Arnold was coming through the youth teams.
He was marked from a young age as one to watch, but he has surpassed all expectations of him. With years of his career still to go, he will only get better.
There are one or two potential superstars in the making to keep an eye on at the academy right now. In Alexander-Arnold they have the perfect role model.