Trent Alexander-Arnold: A Premier League winner who still lives at home and helps his parents do the dishes.

At 23, Trent Alexander-Arnold is already extremely successful.

The Liverpool and England defender has developed into one of Europe’s elite right-backs, displaying an athleticism and playing ability rarely seen in his position.

However, away from the field, Alexander-Arnold’s grounding proved to be the key to keeping him level-headed despite being a vital cog in one of the world’s best football teams.

While many in his position may spend their newfound wealth on cars, houses or entertainment, Alexander-Arnold is focused much closer to home.

Alexander-Arnold during a friendly match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace on July 15 in Singapore.

He may be a local icon of Liverpool’s biggest team, but he still lives with his parents, washing dishes and learning the habits that help keep his life ‘clean and healthy’.

Alexander-Arnold explains that being in a place where everything is stable helped him reach the heights that he has.

“I always think young players are rushing things,” he told CNN senior sports analyst Darren Lewis. “You start getting paid some money and young players always think the first thing is to move out and buy a new car and stuff like that.

“And then the environment is just not the same. You live at home. You have parents who keep you in check and make sure everything is clean and tidy, dishes don’t pile up, and you’re going home to a nice, clean environment and stuff like that.

“While living at home (on your own), having breakfast and dinner, you just think: “I will do this later.” And then you come back from training, and then you’re just not in a clean, pleasant environment. So I never felt the rush to leave home. I have always had the right messages.

“I just always liked that I was surrounded by family. And they kept me on my feet and pushed me to the level that I have reached so far. solution.”

Alexander-Arnold signs autographs at the end of an open practice on July 11 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Alexander-Arnold has been a Liverpool fan for as long as he can remember.

From living just five minutes away from the team’s training facility – he remembers asking his mom to drive him and his siblings to catch a glimpse of their “idols” through cracks in the walls on their off-school days – to watching them . on weekends, he was in love with the club from a young age.

Marking Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League victory in 2005, Alexander-Arnold was one of the thousands who took to the streets of the city to greet their heroes in the open-top bus parade.

Although he was a big fan, his own appearance at the club was pure luck. “It was like a temporary camp and an invitation was sent to my school and it was like, ‘So who wants to go?'” he said.

Alexander-Arnold shoots on goal during the Liverpool-Liverpool match.  Newcastle United Premier League U18 game, 26 September 2015.

“And as you can imagine, everyone in the class raised their hands. We had to choose names from a hat and luckily my name was chosen. I don’t know how long it was – I think about 10-15 minutes – a scout came up to my mom and said, “We want you to start bringing him here if you can?”

And as he explains, “The rest is history.”

Since making his first team debut in 2016, Alexander-Arnold has developed into one of the most dynamic cornerbacks in the world, terrorizing the defense from deep position with his precise crosses and accurate passes.

His transformation into the new prototype right-back – attacking, physical and good on the ball – was a key reason Liverpool won the Premier League in 2020. first club in 30 years.
Jordan Henderson lifts the Premier League trophy alongside Mohamed Salah as he celebrates winning the league.

In his 161 Premier League appearances, he has scored 10 goals, provided 45 assists and has a remarkable record of winning 114 games and losing just 19 times.

But despite that record, such was Manchester City’s brilliance under Pep Guardiola, Alexander-Arnold, and Liverpool’s trophy win was stymied.

Yes, they have won a lot during his time in the first team, but in the last five years the Reds have come close to becoming Premier League champions four times – twice by just one point.

The battle between the two English juggernauts became a must-see on TV during the season, with Alexander-Arnold admitting that the Man City game is Liverpool’s ‘most important game of the season’, despite a traditionally bitter rivalry with Liverpool . Everton and Manchester United.

“I think historically there will always be tensions and rivalries with Everton and with United. But I think it’s happening now for different reasons. I think there will always be a dislike for Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United. he said.

“It will always be that no matter where one team or another finishes in the league, whenever it happens, there will always be very hot games and both fans really want to win the most. But I think for other reasons now Manchester City. the most important game of the season, the best team in England, one of, if not inthe best team in the world as well.

“And, of course, this is the team that sets the pace, sets the bar for the rest of the league. Four leagues in five years is something that few teams can say we have done. Therefore, it is difficult for us to look past them and look for something else as motivation. Our motivation is that if we stay in and around the City, you will be in a good place over the last four or five years.”

Season finale

Although last year was another successful season for Liverpool and Alexander-Arnold personally – the FA Cup and League Cup medals were added to the treasury – it ended on a sour note.

In the season finale, the Champions League final in Paris, where Liverpool lost 1-0, there was chaos with Liverpool fans outside the stadium. ruined the event.

The game was delayed by 35 minutes as Liverpool fans struggled to get into the Stade de France and French police fired tear gas at crowded fans.

After the match, despite the club’s report on the events and details from fans, Reds fans were partly blamed for the failure, with French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin stating that “the riots caused were due to a massive influx of spectators and large numbers or fake tickets” .

However, report of the French Senate in July removed any liability from Liverpool fans, instead blaming French officials for the decision-making.

Senator Laurent Lafont, president of the Commission for Culture, Education and Communications, which co-authored the report, blamed the violent scenes in the finale for “a series of failures that occurred in a rather vague administrative structure and decision-making system.”

Police and stewards watch as Liverpool fans line up outside the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France on May 28 in Paris.

And for Alexander-Arnold and the rest of his teammates, he admits the whole situation was “weird.”

“The messages that were broadcast around the stadium were late arrivals of fans and such … and you believe what you hear and see in such situations,” he said.

“Then it was only after the game, obviously we really found out the truth and what happened, what happened. But I think the way the fans handled it – when it’s a game and the months that followed – was outstanding.

“We, as players and as a club, are very proud of how they made sure the truth came out. They made sure the fans weren’t just blamed for getting it done.”