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Trent Alexander-Arnold names Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso as the Liverpool legends he models his game on


Trent Alexander-Arnold turned in a stunning performance as Liverpool thrashed Leicester on Boxing Day (Picture: Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold may be a defender, but he puts his immense passing ability down to idolising Liverpool midfield legends Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

The 21-year-old was in sensational form as he provided three assists and then scored the fourth goal in Liverpool’s rampant 4-0 win over Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Despite playing at right-back for the Reds, Alexander-Arnold registered his eighth assist of the Premier League season against the Foxes and his second goal.

The England international puts his stunning creative talents down to trying to copy the skills of Gerrard and Alonso as he was growing up in the Liverpool youth setup.

‘I think it’s just about replicating the players that I wanted to be when I was younger – the likes of Gerrard, Alonso, who were unbelievable passers of the ball,’ Alexander-Arnold told the official Liverpool website.

‘I always wanted to be able to pass a ball like that. Obviously I still look up to them massively and sometimes I still find myself watching clips of them – especially Gerrard, I always watch his old clips, his old games.

Alexander-Arnold has become an attacking force from defence (Picture: Getty Images)

‘He’s someone that I still look up to now and still an idol for me. It’s just growing up wanting to be them.

‘I was practising a lot on my passing and for me it’s paid off and I’m reaping the rewards now.’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased with his right-back’s performance against Leicester, but not entirely content.

‘Trent played a really good game but it wasn’t a perfect perfect game,’ said the German. ‘But it was really good and was decisive and helped us a lot.

‘We know how important his crosses are for us, and that’s absolutely exceptional.’

The romp at the King Power moved Liverpool 13 points clear of the Foxes in second place and while their attacking talents delighted fans, their defensive record is also improving.

It was their third consecutive Premier League clean sheet having kept just two in the previous 15 games and Alexander-Arnold is well aware how important this is.

‘If you keep a clean sheet, that’s the foundation that you need to build on to get a result,’ the full-back continued. ‘We know the attacking strengths that we’ve got.

‘By keeping a clean sheet, more than likely we’ll create chances at the other end to score goals and win the game. That’s what matters to us.’

Liverpool’s intensely busy schedule continues on Sunday at home to Wolves in the Premier League, although they will benefit from an extra day’s rest with Wolves taking on Manchester City on Friday night, a day after the Reds’ thrashing of Leicester.

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