Pep Lijnders claims Trent Alexander Arnold could be the future Liverpool captain
Liverpool assistant coach, Pep Lijnders, feels that Trent Alexander Arnold could captain Liverpool in the future due to his leadership qualities.
Alexander Arnold, who is a boyhood Liverpool player, has been through the ranks at Liverpool and made the step up to the senior team in the 2016-17 season. He appeared for the Reds in the EFL Cup before making his Premier League debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough.
In the last three years, Trent Alexander-Arnold has helped Liverpool win the Champions League as well as the Premier League while he also helped the Reds finish 3rd in the league last season.
The Englishman was selected in England’s squad for the Euros this summer but sustained a thigh injury in the warm-up game against Austria.
Talking about his experience with Alexander Arnold on Liverpoolfc.com column (h/t Liverpool Echo) Lijnders wrote:
“I’m so proud of Trent. He was this natural technical talent when he was just 15 years old.
“He had all the characteristics I loved: a mentality to win, passionate to improve but his emotions sometimes took control instead of him taking control over the emotions”.
Lijnders went on to write about Trent’s leadership qualities and how he has developed into a fine player.
“I still see the same fire in his eyes in each training, but I don’t see this young guy anymore; I see a leader, I see someone who controls his emotions, a future captain.
“A leader by example. The best clubs have one thing in common, a ‘one club’ mentality. The culture spreads through all departments.”
Alexander-Arnold, who will turn 23 this October, still has plenty of time to don the captain’s armband, and given his qualities, it might not be long before he leads the Liverpool side onto the Anfield pitch.