Trent Alexander-Arnold is already looking beyond the euphoria of Liverpool’s title win.
The Reds right-back hit an outstanding free-kick to score in his side’s 5-3 win over Chelsea.
His assist for Roberto Firmino’s goal was his 13th in this season’s Premier League, breaking his own record for the most by a defender in a campaign in the competition.
But even before Wednesday night’s epic, the 21-year-old had his sights set on helping a new dynasty as Liverpool seek to bring the glory days back to Anfield.
“When you’re playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world, when you’re playing with world class players and you’ve got a world class manager, the mentality has to be world class. That’s relentless – all the time,” he said.
“To be able to do that you have to win trophies year after year, and next year it’s going to be about doing the same and recreating the feelings that we’re feeling for the next few years and trying to become a legendary Liverpool team.
“We want to write our own chapter in this amazing history of the club — we just want to be a special Liverpool team that fans can be proud of.”
Over the last 12 months the resurgent Reds have lifted the Champions League, the Club World Cup and now the Premier League after losing out by a point to Manchester City last season.
Trent paid particular tribute to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard (left) who singled him out as a star of the future as a child.
Gerrard, part of the Liverpool side which agonisingly missed out on the title in 2014, wrote in his 2016 autobiography: “Trent has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional…he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need.”
Alexander-Arnold, now acknowledged as one of the best right-backs in the world, said: “[Gerrard’s] a hero, a legend, an icon, someone who I always looked up to, someone that I try to become and want to emulate.
“I was just proud of him acknowledging my talents and singling me out individually as someone with a bright future. It was an honour for me…I always used him as an inspiration to become a better player.”
It was during his Merseyside derby against Everton that Alexander-Arnold wore boots bearing the message ‘Black Lives Matter.’
They were auctioned off after the game with the proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Alexander-Arnold added: “The movement has been so inspiring to me, seeing so many people involved and so many people pick it up, so many movements and institutions that are behind it.
“It’s powerful to be a part of something and to know that you’re an inspiration and a role model to a younger generation. It just inspires you more to put out the right messages.”
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