Cape Town – Star right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold admits that he owes manager Jurgen Klopp "everything" after becoming a regular in the Liverpool starting XI.
The 21-year-old has gone from playing at the club’s academy to winning the Champions League and he can’t thank the German tactician enough.
"Everything, really. Without him, who knows what would have happened (to me)," he said at a press conference while on England duty.
"He's the one that's given me the most opportunities - more opportunities than I could even ask for.
"He's put a lot of trust and faith in me personally and I've tried to repay him every time he's done that."
In the 2018/19 season alone, Alexander-Arnold notched up 12 assists, 12 clean sheets, 64% tackle success in only 29 Premier League appearances.
The right-back reveals how Klopp, who arrived at Liverpool four years ago to the day on Tuesday (yesterday), visited the academy to scout some of the rising stars in his first few weeks after signing.
"Within his first few weeks he was down at the academy watching the young lads, and that almost gave us a bit more faith and gave a statement to the club that he is going to use young players and give us those chances,"
"He's shown over the four-year period that he has given those young players their chances and given them opportunities and obviously I'm one of the youngsters that have been given them.
"A massive thanks to him, and hopefully there will be four more years of success."
- Compiled by Tashreeq Vardien