Trent John Alexander-Arnold (born 7 October 1998) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Premier League club Liverpool. He is an academy graduate of Liverpool and made his senior debut for the club in 2016, aged 18. The following year, he won the club’s Young Player of the Season award. He has also represented England at all youth levels from under-16 through to under-21.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was born in West Derby, home of Liverpool Football Club’s training ground, Melwood. He joined Liverpool’s academy in 2004 at the age of six when he was spotted by academy coach Ian Barrigan, and later captained the club at U16 and U18 level under coach Pep Lijnders. He excelled during his time with the academy and in 2015, was singled out by former Liverpool captain and club legend Steven Gerrard, who tipped him to have a bright future at the club in his autobiography. In the run up to the 2015–16 season, Alexander-Arnold was selected in the first team squad by manager Brendan Rodgers for the team’s final pre-season friendly against Swindon Town, marking his unofficial debut for the club in a 2–1 win.
Having previously taken part in Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the USA, Alexander-Arnold made his first-team debut on 25 October 2016, starting in the fourth round of a 2–1 EFL Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur. He was booked in the first half for a foul on Ben Davies before being substituted for first-choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne in the 68th minute. Former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness lauded Alexander-Arnold after his debut, stating that he has “all the attributes to be a top player.” His performance also earned him a spot in the EFL Cup Team of the Round alongside teammate Daniel Sturridge.
On 8 November, Liverpool announced that Alexander-Arnold, along with Kevin Stewart and fellow academy youngster Ben Woodburn, had signed new long-term deals with the club. He started in Liverpool’s next EFL Cup match later that month and registered his first assist for the club, setting up striker Divock Origi for the opening goal of a 2–0 win over Leeds United. He was also named man of the match for his performance. Alexander-Arnold then made his Premier League debut on 14 December, coming on as a late substitute for Origi in a 3–0 win over Middlesbrough, and made his first league start in a 1–1 draw with Manchester United on 15 January 2017. On 9 May 2017, he was named Liverpool’s Young Player of the Season and later that month was nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award, although the award was ultimately won by Swansea City’s Oliver McBurnie. His debut season ended with him having made 12 appearances across all competitions for the club.
In the build up to the 2017–18 Premier League season, Alexander-Arnold signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool. On 15 August 2017, he scored his first goal for the club on his European debut, scoring from a free-kick in a 2–1 first leg Champions League play-off round win over Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. In doing so, he became the third youngest player to score on his European debut for Liverpool, behind Michael Owen and David Fairclough. During the group stages of the competition, Alexander-Arnold scored again in a 7–0 Champions League win over Maribor on 17 October, a result which was the joint-largest ever away win in the competition, and largest away win by an English club. He then scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool on Boxing Day, netting in a 5–0 win over Swansea at Anfield.