Trent Alexander-Arnold’s most iconic moments for Liverpool and England

A Premier League and Champions League winner by the age of 22, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s meteoric rise at Liverpool has made him one of Europe’s brightest prospects.

At the age of 22, Trent Alexander-Arnold has already made over 100 appearances for Liverpool, and has been a major part of their recent success.

Alexander-Arnold joined Liverpool's academy in 2004, aged six, and has progressed through the youth levels to become a Premier League and Champions League winner.

Plying his trade at right-back, Alexander-Arnold is renowned for his immense crossing ability and attacking talent, although he has often been criticised for his defensive attributes.

Despite being omitted from the England set-up earlier in the year, he was one of four right-backs included in Gareth Southgate's 26-man squad for Euro 2020. However, he was forced to withdraw from the squad after picking up a quad tear injury in a pre-tournament friendly against Austria on June 2.

From instinctive corners to last-minute strikes, Planet Sport takes a look at the most iconic moments of Alexander-Arnold's fascinating career.

Champions League heartbreak

After enjoying a successful breakthrough season in 2016/17, a back injury suffered by first choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne gave Alexander-Arnold a prime opportunity to stake a claim in Liverpool's starting line-up.

Trent wasted no time in impressing and notched his first goal for the club on his Champions League debut with a free-kick against Hoffenheim.

He continued his fine European form by scoring in Liverpool's 7-0 drubbing of Maribor, as well as being named man of the match in their 3-0 defeat of Premier League rivals Manchester City.

After seeing off Roma in the semi-finals, Trent's fantastic form rewarded him with a starting spot against Real Madrid, making him the youngest Liverpool player to start in a Champions League final.

Despite Trent's impressive performance against Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat to a Gareth Bale-inspired Real.

Following the final, Trent was nominated for the Golden Boy award for his outstanding season, eventually finishing runner-up to Ajax's Matthijs de Ligt.

A quickly taken corner

With the sour taste of defeat still fresh, Alexander-Arnold and his Liverpool side returned to Europe with a vengeance and progressed from their group stage as runners-up behind Paris Saint-Germain.

After being largely rotated with Joe Gomez the season before, Alexander-Arnold's red-hot attacking form cemented his place as a regular starter.

In the round-of-16, Liverpool edged past Bayern Munich after goals from Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk in the away leg gave them a 3-1 win.

Alexander-Arnold then played a part in both quarter-final legs as Liverpool dispatched Porto 6-1 on aggregate, earning them a last-four tie against Barcelona.

Fresh from a 3-0 victory over Manchester United in the previous round, Barcelona inflicted an identical scoreline courtesy of goals from former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

But in the return leg at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's side stage a remarkable comeback, with braces from Wijnaldum and Origi helping overturn the deficit.

Origi's early first-half strike gave Liverpool fans hope, before Wijnaldum's back-to-back second-half strikes made the dream possible.

With the tie neatly poised at 3-3 on aggregate, Liverpool earned a corner in the 79th minute. After placing the ball down, Trent looked to leave the duties to Xherdan Shaqiri who was trotting over from the half-way line.

But in a moment of pure ingenuity, Trent caught the Barcelona players napping and picked out Origi to drive home Liverpool's winner.

The fairy-tale comeback was not wasted, with the Reds going on to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final thanks to goals from Salah and Origi. 

Alexander-Arnold became the youngest player to start in two consecutive Champions League finals, taking the honour of AC Milan's Christian Panucci, and he was named in the competition's Team of the Season.

Breaking records

Ever since his breakthrough season at Liverpool, it was clear that Alexander-Arnold's strongest asset was his overlapping ability and constant supply of inch-perfect crosses.

But even after a promising debut season, it was unthinkable that he would be as successful as he has been.

In the 2018/19 campaign, he formed a remarkable relationship with fellow full-back Andy Robertson, and the pair went head-to-head in a personal battle for assists.

In the Premier League alone, Alexander-Arnold managed 12 assists, breaking the record previously held by Andy Hinchcliffe and Leighton Baines, while also bettering Robertson by one.

But even more impressively, in the following season, he broke his own assist record on the penultimate day of the campaign, setting up Roberto Firmino in Liverpool's 5-3 victory over Chelsea.

In doing so, Alexander-Arnold also became the third-youngest player in the competition's history to reach 25 assists, behind only Cesc Fabregas and Wayne Rooney.

One of his more iconic assists came when he set up goalkeeper Alisson Becker to head in Liverpool's injury-time winner in their vital clash with West Brom.

Premier League winner

After Liverpool's second-placed finish the season before, Alexander-Arnold was an integral part of Liverpool's 2019/20 Premier League-winning campaign.

He started the campaign in good form, providing an assist for Origi in the club's opening game against Norwich - which made him the first Liverpool player to register an assist in five consecutive games.

Following his Champions League victory in 2019 and his strong start to the Premier League season, Alexander-Arnold was one of six Liverpool players nominated for the Ballon D'or.

He went on to finish the campaign with four goals and a record-breaking 13 assists, making him one of the most productive defenders in European soccer.

Despite initial fears of the Premier League being declared null and void due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Liverpool were eventually crowned champions following Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City, ending their 30-year wait for the title.

England omission... and return

After making just three appearances for the under-21 team, Alexander-Arnold was called up to the first team by Gareth Southgate for the 2018 World Cup.

He made his sole appearance in the competition in England's 1-0 defeat to Belgium in the group stage, albeit after both clubs had already guaranteed their qualification.

Alexander-Arnold's appearance in the World Cup made him just the fourth teenager to start for England in the competition, but unfortunately for the Liverpool defender, Kieran Trippier was considered to be Southgate's first choice.

Alexander-Arnold was also included in England's 2019 UEFA Nations League squad, and played the full 90 minutes of England's penalty shootout win over Switzerland for third-place.

Alexander-Arnold's supposed poor start to the 2020/21 season saw him snubbed by Southgate when the England boss selected his squad for the World Cup qualifiers in March.

Liverpool had endured a dismal run of form, with Alexander-Arnold coming under fire. However, his omission from the squad still sparked controversy, with many believing he had been unfairly scapegoated for the Reds' slump.

Southgate's most recent 33-man provisional squad had space for Alexander-Arnold, and despite speculation that he may be cut, he managed to secure his place in the final 26-man squad for Euro 2020.

His roller-coaster 2021 did not end there though, with a quad tear injury picked up in a warm-up game against Austria meaning he was forced to withdraw from the squad.