Steven Gerrard tipped Trent Alexander-Arnold for stardom all the way back in 2016 after being impressed by what he saw from the then-teenager on the training pitch.
Alexander-Arnold came through the academy at Liverpool and since breaking into the first-team has become arguably one of the best right-backs in world football.
He has been a huge part of the Liverpool side that have won the club's first ever Premier League title this season, and scored and created an assist in the 5-3 win over Chelsea on Wednesday.
Gerrard, part of the Liverpool side which agonisingly missed out on the title in 2014, seemingly saw Alexander-Arnold's potential before anyone else, and he wrote in his 2016 autobiography: “Trent has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional…he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need.”
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Sport, Alexander-Arnold expressed his admiration for Gerrard, and said he was a role model while growing up.
“[Gerrard’s] a hero, a legend, an icon, someone who I always looked up to, someone that I try to become and want to emulate," Alexander-Arnold said.
“I was just proud of him acknowledging my talents and singling me out individually as someone with a bright future. It was an honour for me…I always used him as an inspiration to become a better player.”
He added on this season's success: “When you’re playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, when you’re playing with world class players and you’ve got a world class manager, the mentality has to be world class. That’s relentless – all the time,” he said.
“To be able to do that you have to win trophies year after year, and next year it’s going to be about doing the same and recreating the feelings that we’re feeling for the next few years and trying to become a legendary Liverpool team.
“We want to write our own chapter in this amazing history of the club — we just want to be a special Liverpool team that fans can be proud of.”
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