Liverpool supporters have been making all the noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side brilliantly dispatch of Manchester City 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men thumped Porto 5-0 in the round of 16 to book their place in the last eight of Europe’s elite competition, the first time they reached that stage in nine years. And the Reds have no intentions of bowing out anytime soon as first half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Sadio Mane secured a routine victory for the Merseyside giants at Anfield, thus setting them up perfectly for the return leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Reds fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about possible European success this season, what with their club 90 minutes away from knocking out one of the favourites for the competition.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Liverpudlians to discuss, not least recent reports linking Juventus with a move for right back Trent Alexander Arnold.
Yet, not least because of his incredible performance against City on Wednesday night, the Merseysiders would be absolutely mad to let the £7.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) leave this summer, as it’s clear that he has an extremely bright future in the game.
Ultimately, the 19-year-old has been thrust into first team action this term as a result of the pre-season injury sustained by fellow right back Nathaniel Clyne, who has spent the majority of the campaign out of action with a back problem.
And while there have been occasions whereby the Reds have missed the England international, Alexander-Arnold has deputised well with 14 Premier League appearances and 25 in all competitions overall, including eight in their excellent run to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Klopp clearly trusts the teenager to do a job in his team and that was none more so evident than against City on Wednesday night, with the 19-year-old getting the nod ahead of Clyne, who has returned to first team training and thus full fitness in recent times to take his place on the substitute’s bench.
And Alexander-Arnold produced one of the best performances of the season in keeping Leroy Sane, scorer of 13 goals and assister of 15 this term, extremely quiet throughout the 90 minutes, further underlining his credentials and indeed the huge future he has in the game.
Quite simply, after a performance like that against one of the best teams in Europe, Liverpool would be absolutely mad to sanction the 19-year-old’s departure this summer.
He is now, arguably, the number one right back at Anfield such have been Clyne’s struggles with injury, and he proved against City that he can match and thwart some of the best attacking players in the continent – he could be massive for Liverpool in the years to come.
As such, the Reds simply must not entertain any interest in Alexander-Arnold this summer.
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