‘We were sure Trent would excel’ says Lucas Leiva
Former Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva says the rise of Trent Alexander Arnold has been no surprise to him.
The Brazilian left the club in 2017 after ten years at Anfield, but he knew plenty about the young right-back upon his departure.
“Well, I remember a few moments of Trent. I remember he came with us to play in a friendly game and I think he was 16. He was very shy and Brendan [Rodgers] was in charge.
"I remember he wasn't comfortable but we could see he was at a different level, I would say, for his age, his quality on the ball,” Lucas told the Liverpool website.
"So after he started to train with us in the first team he waited patiently, but we were sure that he would be a Liverpool player and he would be one of the best players in the world.
"I was sure because you just could see on a daily basis how many qualities he had, his crosses and his passing. He is just a complete full-back."
The current Lazio midfielder added: "Of course, he still has to improve a lot but he's already done amazing seasons.
"I think the last two seasons he has been a star player. Trent is a good boy, he's a Liverpool boy and we can see how much he enjoys playing for Liverpool.
"I always try to help the young players – I think it's important to make them feel comfortable and after it's up to them to learn and improve."