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Liverpool ace Trent Alexander-Arnold reveals bizarre reason he joined the club

Defender says it was only the luck of the draw that saw him catch the eye of Anfield scouts as a hopeful schoolboy

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD has revealed the bizarre reason he ended up at Liverpool – he was drawn out of a hat.

Alexander-Arnold has established himself as a vital member of Jurgen Klopp’s side this season with a string of impressive displays.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold says a stroke of luck saw him end up at Liverpool

But the full-back says he only got snapped up by Liverpool when he took advantage of a huge stroke of luck while at school.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, the 19-year-old said he was spotted by Anfield scouts when his school was invited to send youngsters to a training camp.


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Alexander-Arnold said: “There weren’t enough invites for everyone in our class who wanted to go, so we drew names out of a hat.

“Fortunately, my name was pulled out.

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Alexander-Arnold has established himself as a regular in the Liverpool side this season

“I went along, played with a smile on my face as I always did, and a scout went over to my mum at the end of the session and asked her to bring me to the academy two or three times a week.

“When the opportunity comes along, you’ve got to take it. Without knowing it, I did.

“Back then it was just another chance, on another day, to play football for a few days.”

The injury problems which have plagued Nathaniel Clyne over the past two seasons forced Liverpool boss Klopp to take a chance on the promising right back.

Trent-Alexander has seized that opportunity in the way he did when he was at school, and is now pushing for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England plans.


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He added: “I was one of those kids you see peering over the top of the walls, sneaking a peak at training.

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The defender has taken the opportunity given to him by Jurgen Klopp

“When you’re young and you live so close to the training ground, these players are your heroes, so to get a glimpse of them was unbelievable.

“I remember the whole family coming round to our house to watch the 2005 Champions League Final.

“From that night, it was always the dream to lift silverware for Liverpool and celebrate in the same way that we did at home that night.”