Trent Alexander-Arnold is motivated every day by prospect of becoming Liverpool captain as title-winning star admits he would be disappointed if he did not get Anfield armband during his career
- Trent Alexander-Arnold, 21, has had another outstanding season at Liverpool
- The right back has been a constant threat for the Premier League champions
- He is already a leader on the pitch and wants to be Reds skipper down the road
- Alexander-Arnold compared his ambitions to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Trent Alexander-Arnold wants to become Liverpool captain in the future and admits he would be disappointed if he did not skipper the club eventually.
The 21-year-old home-grown talent has been one of the Premier League’s standout performers this season, helping his beloved Reds win their first top-flight title in 30 years.
A threat with his set-piece and crossing ability, as well as his pace, Alexander-Arnold is already a leader on the pitch and has made no secret of his goal to take the armband at some point down the road.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is motivated ‘every day’ to become Liverpool captain in the future
Jordan Henderson is the current skipper but Alexander-Arnold wants the armband eventually
‘Becoming Liverpool captain eventually motives me every day,’ Alexander-Arnold told The Telegraph.
‘It is something I want to achieve. Obviously that will not be my decision, but if I did not manage that before the end of my career I would be disappointed. I have always thought about that.
‘Whether it happens or not, I feel it is my job at Liverpool to lead by example. I always try to do that now – to be an example for the younger lads coming through.’
Alexander-Arnold celebrates after scoring a sublime goal against Leicester in December
Alexander-Arnold also compared his ambitions going forward to that of multiple Ballon d’Or winners Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
‘I feel as though I am part of a team where everyone is influential and helping each other,’ Alexander-Arnold said. ‘That is what captains do. They lead and drag the side through tough times, and motivate the players alongside them.
‘If you look at [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, it is the same. You never see them relaxing. Ronaldo has won five Champions Leagues. If you asked him if he was happy with that, he would say, “a little bit, but I want another one”. As an athlete, it would be weird not to have that competitive nature. You need goals and ambitions.’
Alexander-Arnold has scored three goals and registered 12 assists in the Premier League this season.
The 21-year-old celebrates last week after Liverpool were confirmed league champions
That follows another stunning season in 2018-19, when he won his first trophy at the club with the Champions League, and he has since added to his haul by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, as well as now the Premier League.
He made his debut in October 2016 in a League Cup game against Tottenham, and developed into the first-choice right back during Liverpool’s run to the 2018 Champions League final.
The 21-year-old is set to be involved on Thursday evening, as Liverpool take on rivals Manchester City in their first game since replacing Pep Guardiola’s side as champions of England.
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