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Alexander-Arnold is a future captain, a leader by example – Lijnders

Tue 27 July 2021 | 11:09

Liverpool assistant coach praises Trent Alexander-Arnold and marks him as the future leader of the team.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

was introduced to the world football as one of the best defenders of his generation after his first appearance for

Liverpool

in 2016.

The England international has played a key role in Liverpool’s domestic and European success in recent years, and the team’s assistant manager,

Pep Lijnders

, believes the 22-year-old will someday become the Reds’ captain.

"I’m so proud of Trent. He was this natural technical talent when he was just 15 years old,"

Lijnders told

Liverpool’s official website

.

"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."


source: SportMob