Trent Alexander-Arnold says captaining boyhood club Liverpool is something he has “always dreamed of”.
The 21-year-old right-back, who joined the Reds at the age of six, worked his way through the club’s youth system before making his senior debut in a Carabao Cup tie against Tottenham in 2016.
Since then, Alexander-Arnold has gone on to establish himself as one of the key names in Jurgen Klopp’s first team and could make his 100th appearance against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.
And the England international insisted he has never thought about leaving Anfield and has aspirations of wearing the captain’s armband, which has belonged to Jordan Henderson since 2015.
“I am not shy in saying that [being captain] is a dream for me,” Alexander-Arnold told BBC Radio 5 Live .
“Whether it comes true or not is not up to me; I don’t pick who is captain.
“But that is something I would love to do one day. Captaining Liverpool is something I have always dreamed of and it is something that motivates me.
“I have always been a Liverpool player, Liverpool has always been my home. I have never thought about changing clubs.
“I always thought Liverpool was destined to be my club. When I grew up, the dream was always to play for Liverpool. Now I am living the dream and I can’t see that changing.”
Alexander-Arnold was one of the star performers for the Reds last season.
In addition to helping put Liverpool within touching distance of the Premier League title, he was a regular starter as Klopp’s side secured a sixth Champions League title – just a year after the heartbreak of losing to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.
He was also at the centre of one of the decisive moments of the campaign, reacting quickly to deliver the quick corner that allowed Divock Origi to score the winning goal in memorable the 4-0 (4-3 aggregate) victory over Barcelona in the semi-final.
And the defender was quick to praise Klopp for the German manager’s role in his development, adding: “He is someone who really made me who I am today.
“He has pushed me to get better on a day-to-day basis.
“He has given me so many opportunities, I could never repay him.”