Trent Alexander-Arnold loves the comparisons to both Kevin De Bruyne and David Beckham, but would still pick Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard as his role model.
Alexander-Arnold has made rapid progress at Liverpool ever since making his first-team debut in October 2016. He’s now an indisputed member of Jurgen Klopp’s line-up, with pundits making comparisons to Gerrard, De Bruyne and Beckham in recent weeks.
It comes in light of the 21-year-old’s ability to slice open defences with his passes having already made three assists this season. He also struck a brilliant free-kick during Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League win at Chelsea recently.
Former Reds star Jamie Carragher, therefore, reckons Alexander-Arnold is ready to step up to a De Bruyne-type midfield role.
While Danny Murphy, who himself starred in the Liverpool midfield between 1997 and 2004, compared Alexander-Arnold’s crosses to Beckham.
When asked who he models himself on, however, the youngster had a clear answer for reporters: “Gerrard, really.
“Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him.
“If I had to pick a player it’d be him.
“I never thought I want to cross a ball like that. It’s just happened naturally and I’ve developed it into a decent trait.
“That’s what I try and do. It’s probably the best asset going forward for me so I try and use it as much as I can.”
Asked about the comparisons, Alexander-Arnold said: “It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age you haven’t achieved what those players have.
“It’s difficult to say whether you will or whether you won’t. Who knows?
“For now it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those type of levels and be like those type of players. Reaching the levels they reached and being regarded in the same bracket as them is something that the best players want.
“Those are people’s opinions. It’s nice to be thought of in that way but for me it’s about trying to reach those levels, trying to reach higher and trying to become one of the best in the world.”
Alexander-Arnold will be out to win his 10th England cap for Friday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic in Group A.