Alternative Sport meets: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold talks on a number of subjects including backyard games with his brothers, his first memories of Anfield, his assist rivalry with Andy Robertson and how he wants to improve the defensive side of his game. Trent was speaking with Red Bull as part of the Red Bull Pro campaign

 

Trent on growing up with up with his brothers… 

 “I think me and my brothers definitely hit 10,000 hours (of football). It was quite unhealthy now that I think about it… Any type of football game, or any type of weather, at any time of the day, we’d be playing football, the three of us; there was nothing else we did. If it was raining, we’d make goals inside in the hallway, we’d use balls of tin foil, we’d use socks, we’d use literally anything at all to play football.”

 

Trent on the luck of the draw…

“Liverpool were doing a half-term training camp for my age and my school got about six or seven invites. Luckily they were for my age group and my class specifically. The teacher said, ‘Well, who wants to go? And obviously every single lad in the classroom put their hand up, so the only fair way was to pick names out of a hat, and luckily my name came out.”

 

On his first memory of Anfield…

“It was the Juventus Champions League game, in 2005… an amazing game. I remember walking into the stadium, and just at that moment, I knew I wanted to play for Liverpool.”

 

Trent on his debut against Tottenham…  

“They’d named the team and I was starting, and I remember being really confused because I hadn’t been expecting it. It was so nerve-wrecking because you’ve never played in front of 50-55,000 people before. But it was one of the best days of my life.”

 

Trent on his first Premier League start against Manchester United …

“We trained on the Saturday, and then travelled to Manchester and stayed over, just a normal match day. And then we have a walk about three hours before kick-off, and the manager came over to me and put his arm round me and said, ‘Are you ready?’ I was so confused. He said: ‘Are you in?’ I said yeah, yeah. And he said: ‘OK, well I need you to start today.’ He said my face dropped. That’s how I felt. I was so shocked. I went back to my room and called my mum and she literally just burst into tears. Everyone tried to help me, they all understood how nerve-racking it was stepping up.”

 

Trent on his assist rivalry with Andy Robertson…

“I try and be competitive in training, in anything: in passing drills I try and challenge someone, who makes a mistake first, who’ll score the least goals, obviously [with] me and Robbo, who will get the most assists. It just makes me such a better player because I’m focused so much on winning that I put everything that I have into it.”

 

Trent on improving defensively and in his career…

“People might think I’m a bit big-headed, but I know myself that I can get as high as I want to get to, defensively, if I work hard enough for it. I feel as though the sky’s the limit, really.”

 

Trent on winning the Champions League…

“I’d say that was the happiest, definitely the happiest. I feel as though my debut was my proudest because, even though I always dreamed of winning the Champions League and winning trophies, first and foremost, you need to make your debut and I knew once I’d played that game, I was a Liverpool player. No one could ever take that away from me.”

 

You can read the full interview with Trent Alexander-Arnold on https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/how-trent-alexander-arnold-became-a-football-pro

 

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