Liverpool’s ‘future captain’ named by Pep Lijnders, as he revealed the leadership squad vote

Liverpool's 'future captain' named by Pep Lijnders, as he revealed the leadership squad vote
Liverpool's 'future captain' named by Pep Lijnders, as he revealed the leadership squad vote

Liverpool participated in every game possible last season, winning the Carabao and FA Cups, coming in second place after a dramatic last day in the Premier League, and also reaching the Champions League final.

Pep Lijnders, an assistant to Jurgen Klopp, kept track of all the highs and lows from pre-season practice up to the Paris showcase.

Lijnders discusses the leadership group within the team and the potential role Trent Alexander-Arnold may play in the future.

There were only two days left until the start of the season and only 48 hours until kickoff at Norwich. Milner said after practice, “If we play like we trained today, we will be flying.” What’s wrong with these kinds of sessions? It makes choosing a first 11 much more difficult.

We witnessed the advantages of a full six-week pre-season; if people want to raise the caliber of the game, they should consider allowing for this more often.

Jürgen texted me that evening with the outcome of the votes for the players’ committee. Behind our captain Hendo, vice-captain Milner, and leader Virgil, there were three open positions.

Trent being there made me very happy! A step closer to becoming our future captain, he should now stick close to Milner to absorb as much as he can this year because it’s the next phase in his growth. The other two members of the players’ committee were Robbo and Ali.

In the pre-season, Trent had asked to speak with me and we spent an hour talking about his game.

He also wanted to make sure that Jürgen and I knew that he wanted to be in now and not be left out because he was young or perhaps a little less outspoken before games than others. Trent is in, TOP, he represents so much of our club, I said to the boss.

Earlier in the book, Pep says of Trent:

He has an innate technical talent even at the young age of 15. He possessed all the qualities I admired in people—a drive to succeed, a passion for growth—but occasionally his emotions overcame him rather than the other way around.

He put so much force and competition into his training. He developed this amazing personality while growing up in a lovely household, becoming the wonderful man he is today.

He is aggressive, but in a good way. If anyone embodies the words of Bill Shankly, “Playing at the top level is not pressure, it is a reward,” it is him.

Every training session, I still see the same fire in his eyes, but I no longer recognize the young man; instead, I see a leader, someone who has emotional control, and a potential captain. A leader by example.

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