Jurgen Klopp has conceded that he has been enjoyably amazed by the pace of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s advancement in the course of the last two seasons.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, was given his first-group debut by Klopp in October 2016.
From that point forward he has become a crucial player for both club and nation, assuming a compelling job in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season.
I have known Trent Alexander-Arnold since he was 17 years old,” the German told BBC.
“He was a big talent but we were not sure he could do it physically.
“Now he is a machine – so he is a big surprise.”
“The conscious decision we made with the boys was, as Liverpool players, it was not about winning one thing. It is about winning and there is no limit.
“The moment we did it was important – but it did not give us a feeling it was done.
“We like to think we would meet up in 20 to 30 years, look back and mix up the years. Was it 2019 or 2020?
“So far, so good. We try to squeeze everything we can get from our time together. There is no pressure, it is just opportunity.”