A proud Trent Alexander-Arnold has dedicated Liverpool’s Premier League title to everyone connected to the club.
The boyhood Red and ‘Scouser in our team’, still aged just 21, has fulfilled his dreams over the last 14 months by being a crucial cog in Jürgen Klopp’s trophy-winning machine.
Born and raised in the city, Alexander-Arnold knows exactly what it means for the club to be English champions once again - but he does not feel he merits special recognition for his significant role in ending a 30-year wait.
“It’s a proud moment. It’s not just me who has done it, it’s the whole team. I can’t sit here and say that I feel like I’ve done more than others, because I haven’t,” the right-back states, during his interview for our exclusive Champions series.
“It’s the full squad, staff and everyone’s effort: the whole club has pulled together to be able to achieve these things with the fans, the staff, the players, the coaches, the manager - everyone has pulled together, everyone wants to achieve this. We’ve waited so long and we’ve been able to do it.
“Like I said, that’s down to the whole club, the way it’s run and the way we believe our beliefs. I think it’s what we deserve and it’s something we set out to achieve probably last season but we weren’t able to do it.
“We showed that a knockback like not winning it last season would just motivate us to go again this season and be able to achieve amazing things, like we have done.
“We’re really proud as a team and I’m proud to be able to see everyone in the city so happy - well, all the Liverpool fans obviously! It’s a proud moment for the club.”
Alexander-Arnold’s strong sense of civic pride and responsibility was again evident during the UK’s lockdown period as Merseyside battled against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everyone in this city didn’t expect it but weren’t surprised by it,” he notes of the region’s response to the crisis.
“When I was seeing it, I wasn’t surprised because I know the type of people that are in the city and whether or not you know people in the NHS or people who are struggling through the pandemic - we all just wanted to help.
“I knew that everyone in this city just felt an urgent need to help because whether you know someone directly struggling with it, you know that there are people out there struggling and that the NHS workers need the PPE and people are suffering from hunger.
“At that time of year, it would have been so difficult because you can’t be in contact, things weren’t normal - and they still aren’t now - but especially when things were at their hardest, those sorts of things were amazing to see.
“Seeing others help, it makes you want to help. You want to do as much as you can, just to make it a little bit easier for people; whether that be raising money for a cause, PPE, foodbanks, making sure people are getting the right nutrition, making sure they’re staying healthy, fit and active, staying at home and making sure that we’re protecting the NHS was important.
“It was vital to get those messages out and to support those sorts of things.”
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