Cafu to Alexander-Arnold: Don’t rest on your laurels

WATFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on November 24, 2018 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Former Brazil full-back Cafu has urged Liverpool and England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold not to rest on his laurels.

Alexander-Arnold, 20, a product of Liverpool’s academy has become a mainstay in the club’s current run for a Premier League crown and was also pivotal in the Reds run to last season’s Champions League final.

On the International front, Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier is ahead of him in England pecking order but Cafu believes there is still plenty more to come from the youngster.

But he warned the Liverpool-born star not to rest on his laurels if he is to realise his full potential.

Speaking in his role as an academy member for Laureus, the 48-year-old told Sky: “To play for the England national team, you have to be very good and to play at Liverpool, you have to be very, very good.

“But it takes time to mature and be consistent. Yes, he is very talented. For his position, I would advise him to work hard, do a lot of training, but above all show a lot of commitment to what he does.

“Never think that he is good enough. Don’t get complacent or big-headed. Work more and more.

Cafu who captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 2002 shared his experience as a youngster.

“When I was the same age, I was playing for Sao Paulo in the main team. I was a father, so I had a lot of responsibility.

“Twenty years old is a good age to make a decision if he wants to be a football player or a ‘professional’ football player with a long, respected career.”

Liverpool are in Champions League action on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich and Alexander-Arnold is expected to return to the starting line-up.


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