Trent Alexander-Arnold has vowed to not let his recent progression into Liverpool's first-team squad go to his head - and insists that he still has a lot to learn.
The teen prodigy made his senior bow for the Reds in the 2-1 EFL Cup fourth round victory over Tottenham Hotspur on October 25, and won widespread praise during his 68 minutes on the field.
However, in an interview with LFCTV, with quotes transcribed by the Liverpool Echo, Alexander-Arnold said that he was ready to push on further and continue his development under the watchful eye of manager Jurgen Klopp, without allowing his ego to inflate over making it into the senior side.
He said: “I'm still young and I'm still learning every day but I still need to keep level-headed and progress because I'm far from the finished article. I know there's a lot of hard work still to go and I'm willing to do it.
“I could never imagine I would be where I am now, but I'm not taking it for granted, I'm not settled, I'm not fully happy with where I am. I still want to progress, get into the first team and do what I plan to do.”
A right-back by trade, Alexander-Arnold stated that one particular ex-Liverpool player had been crucial to his development up to this point.
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Rob Jones, who also played at full-back for Liverpool during the 1990s, has mentored the 18-year-old through the youth ranks at Melwood, and Alexander-Arnold praised the former player for his advice over the course of his career thus far.
He said: “He obviously was a right full-back as well and whenever he's up there he'll always talk to me about how I can improve. When we're attacking down the left side, where to be, what positions he take up, how to think when we have the ball.
“He was successful as a full-back and that's what I want as well. I try to listen to him, what he says, and he's really helped me.”
The starlet added that he was putting his two recent goals down to a change in position on the park, with the defender already registering superb strikes for Liverpool Under-23's side against Tottenham and Sunderland already this season.
Alexander-Arnold said: “When I was playing midfield I think I was a bit held back playing in a position where I needed to stay and protect the team. In this position I can get forward, I've just got more freedom, so now I've got the chance I'll try to have a shot or create something for the team, which I think is the modern day full-back.
“I think there's more licence to go forward which I'm enjoying, I can get into the box and get crosses in. But I enjoy both positions, wherever I play I'm happy.”
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