By Scott Taylor
Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed his first professional contract with Premier League side Liverpool. The midfielder, 17, made his first team debut for the Reds in their pre-season friendly at Swindon Town in August 2015. Alexander-Arnold is the captain of Liverpool’s U18 side and has put pen to paper on a long-term deal.
Originally a right-back, Alexander-Arnold has developed into a fine right footed midfielder in the past year. One thing that he has improved on is his ability to score, with the youngster being the top scorer for the U18s this season with five goals. Alexander-Arnold’s early season from has seen him rewarded with a call-up to the England U17s World Cup squad. The tournament takes place in Chile later this month, and to end a fine few days for the youngster, he has been included in the Guardian’s list of the top 20 prospects at Premier League clubs.
Alexander-Arnold has always been a leader on the pitch. After captaining the U16s in the 2014/15 season, he earned his promotion in that year and has become a permanent fixture in Neil Critchley’s side. Alexander-Arnold has also featured for Liverpool in Europe. The midfielder played twice for a Liverpool U19s in the UEFA Youth League, Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament. He has also made 14 appearances for England at youth level and is set to make more alongside Liverpool team-mate Herbie Kane at the U17 World Cup.