Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is reportedly set to make his debut for the club in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, after Steven Gerrard tipped him for success.
The 18-year-old has featured for the youth side so far this season, but could be handed a chance to impress with the first team by Jurgen Klopp in the cup competition, according to The Sun.
However, it won’t come as much of a surprise to Gerrard to see him line up for the Reds, as the former Liverpool captain singled the star out in his autobiography which was released last year and believed that he had a bright future ahead of him.
“Trent Arnold has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional,” Gerrard noted in ‘My Story’.
“He’s quite leggy but he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need. He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood.
“So Trent is another Scouser and apparently, just as I tried to be John Barnes and Steve McMahon, he grew up pretending to be me while playing in the Merseyside parks.”
It appears as though what Gerrard saw in the talented youngster has now been spotted by Klopp, who has shown throughout his managerial career thus far that he isn’t afraid to give younger individuals an opportunity to impress.
Alexander-Arnold made his non-competitive debut in a pre-season game this past summer while he was also an unused substitute on the bench for the first game of the season at Arsenal.
The EFL Cup will be seen by many of the top clubs as a chance to give youth a chance, and it appears as though it will be no different for Liverpool with Gerrard’s tip for the future potentially set to get his first taste of senior competitive action.