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Liverpool news: Trent Alexander-Arnold names player he will ‘never be’ as Jurgen Klopp told what he must do to replace departed star

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Fabinho Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Harvey Elliott

Trent Alexander-Arnold has confessed that he cannot be the leader James Milner was and has urged other Liverpool stars to fill the void.

Milner, 37, has now left Anfield for Brighton after eight stellar years at the club. He moved to Merseyside in June 2015 following five seasons at Manchester City. The Leeds-born ace won two Premier League titles, an EFL Cup and an FA Cup with the Citizens.

And he added the 2018-19 Champions League to another Premier League triumph with the Reds.

The former England winger also claimed both domestic cups with Liverpool but has now joined the Seagulls.

Milner fell out of contract this summer and penned a one-year deal at the Amex with the option of another 12 months.

With Jordan Henderson also quitting the club, Virgil van Dijk has assumed the captaincy.

Alexander-Arnold has been named as vice-captain. But the England man believes it will take a collective effort to replicate the effect Milner had on the dressing room.

“I play a role by making sure I drive standards every day,” he told the Daily Mail. “Losing Milner, you can’t replace that directly. It will take numerous people. Others have to step up.

“We need to make sure that the way he kept driving us forward is replaced.”

The Liverpool midfield will have a very different look in 2023-24.

Fabinho, Naby Keita, Fabio Carvalho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Henderson and Milner in departing.

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Carvalho’s exit was a year-long loan to RB Leipzig while Roberto Firmino has also left.

There have also been arrivals, with Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister now on board.

Alexander-Arnold aware of Liverpool role

Liverpool fans will be hoping for a return to the form that saw them Champions League regulars until last season.

Nine top-flight losses left them way off the pace and down in fifth spot. That means only Europa League football for the Anfield faithful.

They open their domestic campaign away at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

Alexander-Arnold will be one of the players that Klopp looks to when the chips are down.

The man with 20 England caps knows he will not have the same impact as Milner.

But he hopes he has qualities that can evoke a response for his team-mates.

“I am self-aware. I know I will never be a James Milner,” he added.

“I will never be that type of leader but the leadership qualities I do have, I need to show and they need to be seen and heard and used in a way that is effective for the team.

“I need to keep pushing forward to try to achieve the things I want to achieve.”

Alexander-Arnold may well be deployed in a midfield role by Klopp this term. He was used in a hybrid position on a number of occasions last season.

Gareth Southgate also moved him further forward for England and it may be that the Liverpudlian’s future is on the right side of midfield.

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