Alexander-Arnold sees himself as role model for Liverpool's young players

Though not yet 21 himself, Trent Alexander-Arnold feels he has a "responsibility" to help Liverpool's young players feel at home.

In less than three years, Trent Alexander-Arnold has gone from first-team debutant to established starter, World Cup squad member and Champions League winner.   -  Getty Images

Trent Alexander-Arnold hopes to serve as a sounding board for Liverpool's next generation after forging a path for academy graduates.

The Merseyside local has gone from first-team debutant to established Premier League starter, World Cup squad member and Champions League winner in less than three years.

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His rapid rise will give hope to the likes of Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson as Jurgen Klopp turns to a crop of fresh-faced youngsters for squad depth.

Liverpool has made a conscious decision not to spend in the same manner of recent seasons in this transfer window and, while barely out of his teenage years, Alexander-Arnold is keen to make a contribution to the development of his peers.

"I think I understand that I have a responsibility for the young players," the England right-back told his club's website. "I try to make sure I am there for them and they know they can come and speak to me.

"Hopefully they know I have been in their situation and I know what they're going through – coming in and out of teams, being rotated, not getting the minutes you want, finding it a little bit too hard or intense, or struggling with fitness and whatnot.

"I have been through it all. I hope they understand that I have, that I am always here for them and that I am always available for them to come and talk."

Alexander-Arnold will be involved when Liverpool faces Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, the traditional curtain-raiser of the English top-flight season.

Sadio Mane's absence in the aftermath of his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations will further test a team that failed to win while on tour in the United States.

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"Effectively our season starts on Sunday and we've got a massive game against one of the best teams in the world," Alexander-Arnold said.

"Coming in off pre-season, it's going to be tough and intense, but we know we can match them, we've shown that over the years. It will be tough, but I am sure we will put in a good effort."

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