MATCH chatted to Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold about his journey from the playground to Liverpool's first team...

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TRENT SAYS: “I played centre midfield for the school, and we had a good team. When I got to year nine or ten,  the academy started to say there was too much risk of getting injured and after school games would interrupt  training, so that became more important. There are sacrifices you have to make to become a footballer, and that was one of them. I used to watch my mates play in the team and get jealous – especially when they got to leave school halfway through the day for away games!”


TRENT SAYS: “It was through school. There was a half term training camp at Liverpool, they sent some invites down to my school, and luckily my class got chosen. Obviously every lad in the class wanted to go but not everyone could, so names got drawn out of a hat, and my named got pulled out! So I went down on the weekend and after about ten minutes, a coach approached my mum and said to bring me in for training, and I’ve been a Liverpool player ever since. But if another player’s name had got drawn out of the hat, who knows what could have happened?”



TRENT SAYS: “My heroes were always Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher – the local lads. I’d look at them and hope one day I’d be doing what they were doing. Steven's a mentor for me now – I know I can go to him whenever I need any advice. It really means a lot to know that the person I look up to and who I really want to replicate is there for me. I first met him when I was really young in the players' lounge after a game, and I asked for an autograph. I was so star-struck, and even now I still am – I just can’t believe it’s him! There’s an aura about him, and that’s what he was like on the pitch as well, he just had that presence about him. When he was doing his badges, he came and did a few sessions with the under-16s while I was there, and I loved it when he was involved. He was still playing at the time, so during the week I’d be doing his sessions and then at the weekend I’d go and watch him play – it was crazy.”


TRENT SAYS: “It’s been over a year, and I still can’t find the right words to describe it. The first time is so intimidating. Nothing can compare to how scared or nervous you are when you walk out on the pitch for the first time. For the first 15-20 minutes you’re so nervous not to make a mistake, and that can get the better of you, but you’ve just got to put that behind you and prove why you’ve been given that chance, and that’s what I try to do.”



TRENT SAYS: “I’ve watched it more times than I can remember, and I think I’ve seen it in every language commentary as well! It was an incredible moment. I was meant to be on corners and wide free-kicks, but we never discussed who was going to take direct free-kicks, and I just thought, “Nah, I don’t want it.” So when we got it, I just let someone else take it. But the manager and a couple of players were shouting, “Trent, take it!” Even then I was a bit reluctant,  but I guess I got peer-pressured into it. I think I need to thank everyone who told me to take it now! It showed that they recognise I’ve got quality, and to feel appreciated in that way was a special feeling.”


TRENT SAYS: “I’m happy at right back. I’m still learning all the time about the position, and there’s still a lot more to improve there, so I’m working every day to hit the nail on the head there and establish myself. My main focus is just to work hard every single day to get there and take it day by day. You’ve got to have goals otherwise you’re not going anywhere, and every day you’ve got to go into training and know that each day is another closer to reaching them, and a day you don’t spend working towards them is a day wasted.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold was supporting the fifth season of PlayStation Schools’ Cup, the biggest grassroots football tournament in the country. Since its launch, over 150,000 players have been involved. Visit