Date published: Sunday 14th June 2020 3:31
Liverpool defensive ace Trent Alexander-Arnold could see his starting spot come under ‘pressure’ next season according to the club’s Academy Director.
The 21-year-old has blossomed into becoming one of the world’s premier right-backs over the past few seasons.
His marauding displays down the right flank have been a key component in Liverpool’s transformation into trophy winners.
No Premier League player has contributed more than his 24 assists over the past two seasons.
But despite all this, Liverpool’s academy director, Alex Inglethorpe, believes his place could be under threat next year.
Alexander-Arnold was developed under Inglethorpe, and fellow right-back Neco Williams is making similar waves in the academy.
The 19-year-old Welshman became a mainstay in Jurgen Klopp’s domestic cup sides this year. And Inglethorpe believes Williams will put pressure on Alexander-Arnold for a starters spot next season.
“Neco has been a slow burner. Being a right-back is still a relatively new experience for him, as up until the under-15s/under-16s he played as a winger,” Inglethorpe told The Athletic (via The Daily Express).
“He’s a quick learner and such a great lad. He takes everything in his stride. He’s a good boy.
“He’s never caused anyone at the academy a moment’s bother. He’s someone you want to be successful.
“In Neco’s mind, he won’t see himself as just there to make up the numbers.
“He’s quiet and unassuming but he’s also a very determined young man. He will put pressure on Trent, I’ve got no doubt about that.
“I’d be very disappointed in Neco if he didn’t do that and I’d be disappointed in Trent if he didn’t recognise that.”
Harry Wilson’s future
Another Red Inglethorpe had a hand in developing is on-loan winger Harry Wilson.
The Welshman has impressed in recent loan spells with Derby and Bournemouth, but Inglethorpe is hopeful a chance at the Liverpool first-team will soon come.
“Harry Wilson has proven that he can play in the Premier League,” he added.
“I hope that in time he proves that he can play for Liverpool too.
“Not every player will have the ability to go straight into the first team in the way that Trent has done.
“It’s about knowing when the moment is right for certain players to go away and gain valuable experience.
“The manager is a good judge of when they need to go out. They couldn’t be in better hands than with Jurgen.”
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