Pep Lijnders is convinced that there’s been development from Trent Alexander-Arnold in pre-season. The Liverpool star might be even better.
Could Trent Alexander-Arnold actually be an even better player than he was last season? That’s what Pep Lijnders believes, certainly.
The Liverpool coach gave an interview to The Times for his new book, Intensity, where he discussed the right-back. It’s safe to say he’s excited by this pre-season.
“Oh, there is no limit to him,” Lijnders said. “If you saw pre-season then the games he played he reached a new level in my opinion.
“The way he dominated the right side offensively, but also defensively, was remarkable and if I see this boy it just makes me really proud. He trains in the same way he was when he was 15. The smile, the fire.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold development
Well, this was something we certainly noticed from pre-season. Alexander-Arnold truly looks better than every and some of his work going forward looked extraordinary.
It’s easy to forget that he’s still only 23 – young enough that Alexander-Arnold can’t possibly be at his peak yet. We might not even see his best abilities for another three or four years.
And that’s a remarkable thought, given what he’s accomplished so far. The Scouser has won PFA Young Player of the Year, made FIFA, UEFA and European Sport Media Teams of the Year. He’s won just about everything at club level, of course, outside of the Europa League.
Yet, this summer may have seen further development in his game. What makes him so special, then? Lijnders offered his own take on that.
“What I am trying to say is he sees things that the stadium doesn’t see,” he said. “He sees things that I don’t see. It is for us to put him in the right position to excel.”
Liverpool certainly do that. Alexander-Arnold’s rise over the last few years has been a sight to behold and he’s not even done yet.