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World-class Liverpool defender opens up about his footballing idol

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he idolised Anfield legend Steven Gerrard while growing up and the current Rangers head coach seemed superhuman to him.

Gerrard, with over 700 appearances for the Reds, rose through the ranks at the club and is widely regarded as one of the modern greats in the PL era.

And Trent, a lifelong Reds fan and a Liverpool academy product, looked up to the ex-midfielder from a young age.

The 22-year-old revealed that Steven seemed superhuman to him while he was growing up, as Trent admitted that as a young player he couldn’t fathom how a normal person was able to be that special and talented on the pitch.

He added that scenes of Gerrard proudly representing the Liverpool shirt at Anfield sparked his own aspirations to one day follow in Steven’s footsteps and write his own story on the green grass.

“I idolised Gerrard. He was everything to me when I was growing up. I just wanted to be him, to live how he lived, play like how he played”, the England international told Red Bull TV.

“You know when you don’t think somebody’s human, because you’ve built them up so much you don’t even feel like they’re a real person, and you don’t think it’s possible to be that amazing, to be that special, talented?

“Aged eight, the club gave us complimentary tickets to the player’s lounge for a Champions League game.

“He walked into the room and I haven’t felt that same feeling since. We got a picture and he was amazing with us.”

Steven, who is currently leading Scottish Premiership outfit Rangers, is on a quest to lift his first major piece of silverware as a head coach and has steered his team to an unbeaten start in the current season both in the domestic league and the UEFA Europa League.

It remains to be seen if the impressive right-back will play under his footballing idol at some point in his career.