Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has opened up on modelling his game on Rangers manager Steven Gerrard as a youngster and admitted that being held in the same bracket as the likes of Gerrard is “something the best players want.”
The full-back has won rave reviews at Anfield since his emergence into the first-team picture and set Premier League record for assists by a defender last season as he created 12 goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The England international has already added a further two this season, leading to suggestions his long-term future may lie in midfield, and Alexander-Arnold confessed he’ll be happy to play anywhere.
“If a manager decides to use me in midfield, or as a centre-back or a striker then that’s where I’ll play,” Alexander-Arnold said, as quoted by Goal.
“[I modelled myself on] Gerrard, really. Everything about his game I always admired. I always studied him and wanted to be like him.
“It’s maybe not that important to compare because at a young age, you haven’t achieved the things those types of players have. It’s difficult to say whether you will or won’t. Who knows?
“For now, it’s about having an open mind and wanting to achieve those types of levels, wanting to be those types of players, wanting to reach the levels they’ve reached.
“Being regarded in the same bracket as them is something the best players want.”
With Liverpool sitting at the top of the Premier League table, the defender could find himself doing the one thing Gerrard failed to at Anfield and getting his hands on a league title.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was deployed further forward in time and managers looked to exploit his attacking capabilities to a greater extent.
He could have done far worse than picking the Rangers manager as someone to model his game on as a youngster and if he goes on to have a fraction of the success Gerrard did at Liverpool then he’ll have a fantastic career.