Trent Alexander-Arnold's EFL Cup performances have rewarded Jürgen Klopp's faith in the young full-back, according to Jamie Carragher.

The 18-year-old was an assured presence on the right hand side against Leeds United on Tuesday night as Liverpool booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win.

Indeed it was Alexander-Arnold’s enticing cross which teed up Divock Origi to prod home the opener at the near post and break the deadlock with 14 minutes remaining.

His performance followed up a similarly composed showing when Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated last month, and earned praise from a Reds legend well placed to assess him.

Carragher said after the game: “We know now why Jürgen Klopp only went in with one recognised right-back this season – England’s first choice or second choice [Nathaniel Clyne].

“I think we know why now, with his performance tonight and the same against Spurs. Sometimes you just look at someone before you see them play and they look like a footballer.

“He just looks like a fantastic athlete, perfect for the full-back position. He’s only 18 so you think about how he’s going to look physically in three or four years’ time.

“He looks as though he’s already got the legs and the pace, and the strength is going to come. He’s still got a long way to go, the young lad.

“But to have an 18-year-old kid as your back-up full-back, thinking about how big a club Liverpool are – fighting on all fronts and challenging at the top of the league – shows the faith Jürgen Klopp has got in him.”