The right-back is therefore in a good position to pass judgment on the appearance of Rhys Williams as a possible response to Jurgen Kloop’s injury crisis in the central defender area.
Trent Alexander-Arnold knows a thing or two about what it’s like to be thrown into the deep end with Liverpool.
The young defender Rhys Williams impressed after coming off the bench against FC Midtjylland to stand in for the injured Liverpool star Fabinho.
And Alexander-Arnold, who made his full debut with Manchester United in January 2017, is confident that the young man can justify his manager’s confidence.
After two starts in the Carabao Cup and a late guest appearance with Ajax last week, 19-year-old Williams, who spent last season on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, is now ready to take a bow to West Ham United on Saturday night at home alongside Joe Gomez.
Williams came off the bench and played in the final hour of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Midtjylland FC, replacing makeshift central defender Fabinho, who is now on the sidelines alongside Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
“The manager obviously has great confidence in him, and he has been playing for a few minutes now.
“Last season he wasn’t with us much, but this season he has shown what a good player he is,” said the Englishman.
“So I think he will definitely be in the manager’s thoughts, hopefully this weekend and beyond. ”
“To be thrown into the cold water on the biggest of all stages is difficult, difficult in execution, but he never really set foot wrong.
Fabinho had impressed as a makeshift central defender in the past weeks, but will now undergo a scan for a suspected hamstring problem.
“He has played incredibly well in the last few games,” he said in an interview with liverpoolfc.com. “Obviously this happens, and that’s disappointing – hopefully it won’t take too long, because we’ll miss him.
And Alexander-Arnold admits that the Brazilian will have a big absence in the coming weeks.
“This position is probably a bit bare at the moment, to put it mildly, but we have an amazing team.
“He’s never really put one foot wrong. He’s done that well and I think he has a bright future ahead of him.
“You’ve seen Rhys Williams step in and do a world-class job. At such a young age with so little experience, incredible of him.
“I think he’s an amazing player, he’s shown that in the last few weeks”…