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      Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread

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      Re: Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread
      Reply #30: Nov 30, 2016 11:08:42 am
      Im very excited by TAA's progress. That was a very good performance last night and fills me with lots of belief that he could have a significant future at the club if he progresses as currently.
      Well played lad!
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      Re: Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread
      Reply #31: Nov 30, 2016 11:27:49 am
      Love this lad. And the way he and Woodburn celebrated each others contributions was brilliant to see.
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      Reply #32: Dec 01, 2016 02:49:15 am
      Very good young player
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      Reply #33: Jan 08, 2017 07:43:03 pm
      Decent today, good energy etc. Crossing was a bit hit and miss and didn't see anything of him defensively, but looks quick and a good athlete.
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      Reply #34: Jan 08, 2017 07:45:49 pm
      Decent today, good energy etc. Crossing was a bit hit and miss and didn't see anything of him defensively, but looks quick and a good athlete.

      Crossing was a lot more miss than hit today but he does look like a decent player.
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      Reply #35: Jan 15, 2017 06:16:28 pm
      Not bashing the lad, but think it was clear he struggled today.
      Not sure how bad Clyne is, but hopefully he gets back soon for the PL matches.
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      Reply #36: Jan 15, 2017 06:26:20 pm
      Not bashing the lad, but think it was clear he struggled today.
      Not sure how bad Clyne is, but hopefully he gets back soon for the PL matches.

      Harsh that mate

      First league start for the lad away at the toilet, they targeted him and yeah he had a shaky spell but all in all did well in a positive draw away at Utd

      Thought he did very well in the circumstances myself
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      Reply #37: Jan 15, 2017 06:33:08 pm
      Harsh that mate

      First league start for the lad away at the toilet, they targeted him and yeah he had a shaky spell but all in all did well in a positive draw away at Utd

      Thought he did very well in the circumstances myself

      You would not be saying that if Martial/Mkhitaryan would have scored when he lost the ball in the midfield, not to mention letting Rooney cross at their goal.
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      Reply #38: Jan 15, 2017 06:35:32 pm
      You would not be saying that if Martial/Mkhitaryan would have scored when he lost the ball in the midfield, not to mention letting Rooney cross at their goal.

      Coulda woulda shoulda

      He's a kid thrown in at old Trafford for his league debut and was targeted by Mourinho and some top quality players

      He did well in my opinion

      People expecting him to be perfect in that situation are f**king deluded
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      Reply #39: Jan 15, 2017 06:48:27 pm
      Not bashing the lad, but think it was clear he struggled today.
      Not sure how bad Clyne is, but hopefully he gets back soon for the PL matches.

      First PL start and he had to deal with Martial. That same player who dribbled past our entire defense to score on his first shot last season. The same Martial who scored 4 in his last 5 appearances. Most defenders in the league would have found it hard to deal with him. I thought the kid did quite well under the circumstance. Of course the sooner Clyne is back the better.
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      Reply #40: Jan 15, 2017 06:56:33 pm
      People expecting him to be perfect in that situation are f**king deluded

      Don't expect him to be perfect. He's a young lad. But looking at the bald facts, how he played today, I thought he played like the young lad he is lacking experience at that level. Don't think Martial was great either, was hauled off.
      Didn't cost us, but on another day, it might have.
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      Reply #41: Jan 15, 2017 07:10:39 pm
      Don't expect him to be perfect. He's a young lad. But looking at the bald facts

      Looking at the bold facts?  He made his league debut at old Trafford in a positive result ....

      Look if I was rating him I'd probably give him a 6 but Ffs he didn't know he was starting 5 hours ago, not only did he not know he was starting but he would probably am have thought there was less than 1% chance that he'd make his league debut at Utd given Clyne's injury record, yet he came in and did well given the circumstances

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      Reply #42: Jan 15, 2017 07:14:13 pm
      Looking at the bold facts?  He made his league debut at old Trafford in a positive result ....

      Look if I was rating him I'd probably give him a 6 but Ffs he didn't know he was starting 5 hours ago, not only did he not know he was starting but he would probably am have thought there was less than 1% chance that he'd make his league debut at Utd given Clyne's injury record, yet he came in and did well given the circumstances



      I'd have given him a 5 so we're not that far apart then
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      Re: Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread
      Reply #43: Jan 15, 2017 07:14:48 pm
      Coulda woulda shoulda

      He's a kid thrown in at old Trafford for his league debut and was targeted by Mourinho and some top quality players

      He did well in my opinion

      People expecting him to be perfect in that situation are f**king deluded

      I agree with all of this apart from the 'he did well' part because... Well he was sh*te, really really sh*te. One of the worst performances I've ever seen for Liverpool... Cold hard facts.

      THAT BEING SAID

      I think that if Klopp trusts him to play in these games that shows you that he is a real talent. I've been big on him for a while now and I think our manager is too.

      All tonight shows us is that he's not ready to face top level opposition yet, but I think we all knew that anyway! Moreover, at his age he's not meant to be. Huge learning experience for him today and I hope he takes loads away from this and we can see him come back stronger!
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      Reply #44: Jan 15, 2017 07:47:03 pm
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      Liverpools 18 year old right back Alexander-Arnold completed more passes, dribbles and created more chances than £89m man Pogba today.
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      Reply #45: Jan 15, 2017 07:56:23 pm
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      Liverpools 18 year old right back Alexander-Arnold completed more passes, dribbles and created more chances than £89m man Pogba today.

      Yet some of our fans choose to lay into an inexperienced 18 year old who was making his first start in a big BIG match. Given a lot of praise tonight by a lot out there including Alan Green and the 5 Live team.
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      Reply #46: Jan 15, 2017 08:09:29 pm
      Yet some of our fans choose to lay into an inexperienced 18 year old who was making his first start in a big BIG match. Given a lot of praise tonight by a lot out there including Alan Green and the 5 Live team.

      No idea what some expect mate but I'll leave them to their ragging on a young scouse lad, who stepped in at short notice, in one of the biggest league games in our season.  Sure he had it tough but ffs so did Clyne up against Martial last season and he can't have been that bad as Martial got pulled for doing f**k all.
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      Reply #47: Jan 15, 2017 08:12:20 pm
      Yet some of our fans choose to lay into an inexperienced 18 year old who was making his first start in a big BIG match. Given a lot of praise tonight by a lot out there including Alan Green and the 5 Live team.

      Not laying into him but at this level we shouldn't be one crack in the ribs away from relying on a player of that level of experience the lack of investment in the squad since Klopp took over is harming us
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      Reply #48: Jan 15, 2017 08:19:46 pm
      Not laying into him but at this level we shouldn't be one crack in the ribs away from relying on a player of that level of experience the lack of investment in the squad since Klopp took over is harming us

      That's a valid point.
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      Reply #49: Jan 15, 2017 08:24:46 pm
      Showed real character after being given a bit of a run around, mind you plenty of seasoned players have had that done to them at OT.

      He really composed himself in that second half and let no one down.
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      Reply #50: Jan 15, 2017 08:25:09 pm
      It's dual-edge though lads because in years to come if he goes on to being absolute top class then who knows how much this experience will have gone to boosting that development. There's certainly a point to be made that Clyne or a higher quality deputy might have made a difference but I can also see how this will have done the young fella the world of good and in a way it's an investment for our future.

      Certainly exactly what we should expect from Jürgen when he sees a talent he'll give them a chance and while I may no longer have the patience I used to I must admit I enjoy seeing young lads come through the ranks.

      Thought he did well today the longer the game went on. He was aided by an excellent performance alongside him by Lovren who did have to eat a yellow for a bit of sloppy play from the lad and indeed he was beaten on occasion and a little outsmarted/muscled but you could see the nerves fading and when he began to settle I became more and more confident in him.

      One thing I loved was how he covered in behind and got his lines right 90% of the time in terms of passing lanes, in a positional sense he is very good. Also great pace and we already know he has a tremendous delivery on him. Young lads can't buy this experience and most of them don't get the chance I'm hopefully the confidence shown in him will be repaid many times over.
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      Reply #51: Jan 15, 2017 08:36:29 pm
      He did well enough that the first player substituted by Mourinho was Martial - who was supposed to give young TAA a field day.

      Thats a big complement to Alexander-Arnold! I think he handled himself fine.
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      Reply #52: Jan 16, 2017 05:40:31 pm
      Checked this thread to make a complimentary comment on how the lad played today, and to my surprise I see a lot of comments about how shitty he is.

      Definitely not the worst game I have seen from a LFC defender. Can count the number of clangers/ shockers Dejan or Klavan or even the Clyne we are all screaming about have had. James Milner had a shocker just last time out.

      The lad improved in the 2nd half and I think he had a pretty decent game overall.

      I remember a young Stevie G and the inconsistencies in his game when he started out, same for all the other lads, if you don't give them the opportunity to play these sort of games then when do we intend to see the talents.

      we need to look at these games from a long term point of view and not swing like pendulums on every single error every player makes. The penalty Pogba gave out does not mean he didn't deserve to play against us, but still he had a shocker.

      Lets try and encourage our players especially the ones who show there's room for improvement and are definitely talents, and I predict this lad will end up being a talent for us.
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      Reply #53: Jan 16, 2017 06:42:05 pm
      Never realised his uncle was the club secretary at the Mancs... John Alexander.
       Fine well in the game in my opinion considering the pressure of such a fixture..

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      Reply #54: Jan 16, 2017 06:56:41 pm
      Never realised his uncle was the club secretary at the Mancs... John Alexander.
       Fine well in the game in my opinion considering the pressure of such a fixture..

      Not just that Shabs, hes not a natural defender, he's was only converted there in the last 18months, he's learnt the role as an opportunity to break into the first team, he played cm, wide midfield before that.. In that last 18 months he's played RB and at CB on a few occasions to learn the art of defending.. He's struggled at that level on occasions when teams have tried to get at him.. But he's improving, and whilst not maybe a natural defender, but he is a natural footballer and has one thing the modern game thrives on, pace..

      So not only is he 18, not only making his debut at one of the toughest away days in the calendar, not only targeted as a weak link by Mourinho and given one of the quickest players in Utds line up to run at him

      I thought he did very well given all that.. He got caught a couple of times but grew into it as the game went on

      Nothing but praise for the lad
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      Reply #55: Jan 16, 2017 09:13:57 pm

      So not only is he 18, not only making his debut at one of the toughest away days in the calendar, not only targeted as a weak link by Mourinho and given one of the quickest players in Utds line up to run at him

      I thought he did very well given all that.. He got caught a couple of times but grew into it as the game went on

      Nothing but praise for the lad


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      Reply #56: Jan 17, 2017 03:18:03 am
      Congrats TAA, keep working hard boy.



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      Re: Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread
      Reply #57: Jan 17, 2017 01:25:29 pm
      Was far from great Sunday but come on that's a huge ask for young lad like him to go there in hat environment and be top notch. Hes had a handful of senior games before this and none matched this intensity.

      The great thing here was any mistakes made weren't followed up by him hiding. He kept going kept battling and in the end despite being targeted over and over by them he held out ok. That's hugely promising for his future
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      Reply #58: Jan 22, 2017 07:27:16 pm
      Would imagine Clyne was not 100% fit (maybe having painkilling injections?), but still started against bottom feeders on Sat. Whatever Klopp might say, or people might take from what he says, decisions like that say more that anything.
      Still, he can be good going forward, and as would expect Saints to do what Swansea did, might be an option to give him a run from the start during the week. Chance for him to put the Utd game behind him..
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      Re: Trent Alexander-Arnold Player Thread
      Reply #59: Jan 22, 2017 08:57:17 pm
      Great to hear this from one of our best ever right backs.

      Liverpool favourite Rob Jones on Alexander-Arnold, inspiration at the Academy and that legendary debut.

      Former Reds full-back on passing on his knowledge to young Reds star.

      By James Pearce

          16:49, 22 JAN 2017Updated17:50, 22 JAN 2017

      Kop favourite Rob Jones believes Trent Alexander-Arnold’s attitude and willingness to learn has enabled the youngster to make a flying start to his Liverpool career.

      The manner in which the 18-year-old from West Derby has performed for Jürgen Klopp’s side has been a source of great pride for Jones.

      The popular right-back, who made 243 appearances for Liverpool between 1991 and 1998, has worked with the teenager at the Kirkby Academy and knows what a talent the Reds have on their hands.

      “I think it’s important to remember that Trent only started playing at right-back just over a year ago,” Jones said.

      “When he was in our under-16s side and broke into the under-18s he was a midfielder until Neil Critchley put him in at right-back.

      “Trent is still learning the game but he has just been exceptional.  I worked with him on the training field just giving him a bit of advice and he is a pleasure to coach.

      “He is a listener and when you talk to him and tell him what he has done right and done wrong, he will take everything on board, listen and then work as hard as he possibly can to improve on that.

      “He’s a tough Scouser but wants to learn.  He wants to be a footballer and I think when you have got the attitude he has you are halfway there.”

      Alexander-Arnold’s full Premier League debut at Old Trafford last weekend brought back memories of Jones’ senior bow for the Reds over a quarter of a century ago.

      Like Jones, Alexander-Arnold passed the test with flying colours and he produced another impressive performance in the midweek FA Cup win at Plymouth.

      “I still remember the date well. October 6, 1991 when Graeme Souness told me I would be marking Ryan Giggs on my Liverpool debut,” Jones told Liverpoolfc.com.

      “Fortunately the day went quite well and we managed to keep a clean sheet and it gave me a platform to start my Liverpool career.

      “For Trent, his Liverpool life is just beginning and he knows how much work lies ahead, but I have to say he has made a good start.

      “I was delighted for Trent when Jürgen showed so much faith in him to give him a start against our arch-rivals and I thought he was exceptional.

      “It’s a difficult game to make your first start in the Premier League anyway, but it’s that much harder at Old Trafford with the pressure and atmosphere that comes with it.  He played his normal game and did his job for the team.”

      Jones is a mentor for defenders at the Kirkby Academy and is excited about the calibre of the youngsters coming through.

      “When I was asked to come back along with Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler it was an absolute pleasure and working alongside our Academy director Alex Inglethorpe and the coaches has been a labour of love for me,” he added.

      “I will help with the defenders, Macca will look at the midfielders and then the strikers have Robbie, which is unbelievable for them.

      “What we tell the players is go out and enjoy their football, keep listening to the advice and learning and then one day you will hopefully reap the rewards.

      “We have got some great lads here and they know what a privilege it is for them to represent Liverpool Football Club.

      “Steve Heighway is back at the academy and as coaches we are still learning from him.  He has got some great stories and is an inspirational figure.

      “The Academy is a very happy place under the tutelage of Alex and everyone is pulling in the same direction.”

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