Alexander-Arnold reveals the Liverpool star who mentored him during breakthrough

Madrid defeat nearly broke my heart- Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold responded to a young Three Lions fan who seemingly could not afford the £1 a letter it would cost to get the player's name stamped on the back of his England shirt ahead of the World Cup finals.

A year which started with him turning down the chance to represent England Under-19s so he could concentrate on fighting for a first-team place at Liverpool - they went on to become European champions in his absence - has seen him become a regular at Anfield, playing in a Champions League final and now going to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Alexander-Arnold nailed down the right-back spot and helped the Reds make the Champions League final and finish in the Premier League's top four.

Neither Milner nor England boss Gareth Southgate appeared to seriously entertain the idea, but Alexander-Arnold credits his Anfield colleague with aiding his rapid rise from youth team to full worldwide. At Liverpool he is one of the players who have been really successful in their career, he knows how to win things and how it's done.

Dele Alli promises best behaviour for England at World Cup
I don't think people will be trying to do bad things, and if they do, and they get punished for it, then it's your own fault. You have to stay concentrated and you can't do stupid things - and if you do, you have to learn from your mistakes.

Splendid form from Alexander-Arnold.

"I was just sort of making a joke out of it", Ben told the Liverpool Echo.

Someone clearly flagged this tweet up to him, and the Liverpool youngster decided to make a small, but lovely gesture.

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