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Liverpool No2 Lijnders: Why I see future captain in Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders says Trent Alexander-Arnold is now a squad leader.

Writing for liverpoolfc.com from their Austrian preseason training camp, Lijnders declared: "We've had some of the lads who were injured at the end of last season back with us, including Trent Alexander-Arnold.

"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. He trained with so much power and competition.

"He grew step-by-step into the wonderful guy he is now, surrounded by a lovely family, he created this superb personality. He has this aggression in a positive way. If someone represents this quote of Bill Shankly it's him: playing at the highest level isn't pressure, it's a reward.

"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. It's great that our talents, the real ones, can make these steps together with our team."


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