Trent Alexander-Arnold Talks Liverpool 'Legend' Ambition, Jurgen Klopp Influence

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2019

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)
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Liverpool sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold has said he has no desire to leave the club in the future because he wants to become a club "legend."

The right-back has emerged as one of the best young players in the world over the past couple of campaigns and was crucial in Liverpool's UEFA Champions League triumph last season.

In 2019-20, the 21-year-old has taken his game to new levels, helping Liverpool to establish a whopping 13-point lead at the summit of the Premier League table. Speaking to Sportbladet (h/t Sport Witness), Alexander-Arnold said he has ambitions to fulfil with his boyhood club:

"I've always wanted to be a club legend. Winning titles, playing as many matches as possible, winning matches, becoming captain. 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 a Champions League winner's medal already in his possession, some would argue that Alexander-Arnold is already in the legendary category for Liverpool. But given his talent, the right-back can go on to become one of the club's greatest-ever players.

Alexander-Arnold turned in the best performance of his young career on Boxing Day, as he was the key man in Liverpool's 4-0 mauling of Leicester City. Squawka Football summed up the influence he and fellow full-back Andrew Robertson had on the game:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Trent Alexander-Arnold for LFC vs. Leicester: • Most touches (105) • Most crosses (17) • Most assists (2) • =Most chances created (3) Andy Robertson for LFC vs. Leicester: • Most recoveries (14) • Most clearances (5) • Most tackles (4) • =Most interceptions (2) 😳 https://t.co/s1B5gnTWkC

Simon Hughes of The Athletic was thrilled with Liverpool's display and compared Alexander-Arnold's quality with that of Reds icon Steven Gerrard:

Simon Hughes @Simon_Hughes__

What a team this is. Best Liverpool team in my lifetime by a mile. Most complete league performance of the Klopp era. Frighteningly dominant. Just love the spirit and skill. Fair now to make the comparison in terms of passing/crossing between Trent and Gerrard.

Under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, the youngster has flourished and become one of the most important cogs in the Liverpool machine. Unsurprisingly, Alexander-Arnold talked up the influence of the German on his development.

"He always talks about how we can improve, what we can do to get into the team, what we have to do to make it happen," the England international said. "It's obviously something you have to hear as a young player. You have to feel that the manager may give you a chance."

While Alexander-Arnold wants to be considered a legendary figure for his work on the field, Klopp is close to approaching the same status as a manager. Former Norway international Jan Aage Fjortoft thinks the German is among the best coaches the club has ever had:

Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️‍🌈 🇳🇴 @JanAageFjortoft

Norwegian paper #vg today ranking the all -time Liverpool - managers. Their list: 1. Shankly 2. Paisley 3. Dalglish 4. Klopp 5. Benitez 6. Fagan PS! I do agree Your comments? @VGTrojo @GJuva @Carra23 and @kennethdalglish 👇 https://t.co/JQERzIYIdN

Alexander-Arnold is poised to be a crucial player in this Liverpool setup for years to come. Given how good he is already at 21, the level he may yet reach is something that will excite Reds supporters.

With the league title almost an inevitability for Liverpool for the first time in 30 years, the squad's names will go down in club history. All the signs are that the team will go on to accomplish a lot more yet too.