Glen Johnson has claimed that Trent Alexander-Arnold’s rapid progress this season can be attributed to playing alongside Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk.
The 21-year-old has earned plenty of plaudits this season for some outstanding performances, none more so on Boxing Day when he produced a brilliant performance to down nearest challengers Leicester.
The England defender scored a superb goal and provided two assists against the Foxes in an eventual 4-0 win at the King Power Stadium.
The praise for Alexander-Arnold came from all angles after the game with Brendan Rodgers and Jamie Carragher lavishing praise on the youngster, while Peter Crouch tweeted: “Imagine running a game from right-back.”
And with his celebration at the King Power Stadium even drawing attention from reported Liverpool target Kylian Mbappe, it would come as no surprise to see the homegrown star linked with a plethora of big-money transfers come next summer.
However, rather than focus on the prospect of a move away, former Liverpool full-back Johnson believes it is the influence of playing alongside Van Dijk that has helped make ‘TAA’ the player he is today.
“It’s hard not to be impressed by what Trent Alexander-Arnold is doing for Liverpool. Obviously the team is doing very well at the moment, but he’s been one of their standout players and it’s still hard to think he’s just 21-years-old,” Johnson, who has been speaking on behalf of BETDAQ, explained.
“Trent is very lucky in the fact that he has Virgil Van Dijk alongside him in the Liverpool defence and he’ll be learning from him every day.
“Playing with Van Dijk will give him so much confidence and that’s why we see him making such unbelievable passes or going on those long attacking runs.
“If he gets caught out, he knows Van Dijk will be in there helping out behind and it’s probably the reason why Alexander-Arnold feels so comfortable being as attacking as he is.”
Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, has insisted he has no desire to leave Anfield and has made it clear exactly how he sees his career panning out.
“Of course, I can’t become a legend if I leave Liverpool to play elsewhere. So, my focus is there and on making the club as successful as possible.”
With Everton the visitors on Sunday in the FA Cup, much of the focus has turned on new signing Takumi Minamino, but Jurgen Klopp has admitted he has doubts over whether to throw the former RB Salzburg man straight on.