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    Tuesday, 15 May 2018

    Trent Alexander-Arnold ready for Ronaldo

    Alexander-Arnold will pit his wits against the Portuguese talisman in the Champions League final on May 26

    While Real Madrid star Ronaldo has been at the summit of the game for over a decade and is aiming to become a five-time European champion in Kiev, Alexander-Arnold's first full season around the Liverpool first team is just approaching its thrilling conclusion.

    The 19-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise with the Reds this season and after coming on as a last-minute substitute of the opening day of the Premier League campaign in a 3-3, has been an ever-present feature of Jurgen Klopp’s back four.

    "With Ronaldo being one of the greats, probably one of the best players ever, it's going to be an honour to hopefully play against him," Arnold said.

    "You know a lot about him and the likes of [Lionel] Messi because you watch them on YouTube when you're growing up, you always watch those type of players.

    "I want to challenge myself and test myself against the best players in the world and there are not many people better than the likes of Ronaldo. It will be a huge test for everyone and hopefully we come out on top."

    Having grown up as a Liverpool supporter, Alexander-Arnold will certainly remember Ronaldo's time at Manchester United and is just as ready to consider the Portugal international a rival as a hero.

    "Yeah, I suppose [I was a fan of his], not when he was playing for Man United though," he said.

    "You have to admit he's an unbelievable player and he's done exceptional things in the game. The numbers that he does season in, season out are absolutely unbelievable, but come May 26 we'll be looking to stop him and the rest of Real Madrid.

    "You've just got to focus on the game and if he's a direct opponent you have to see what the strengths and weaknesses are and use them to your advantage."

    1 comment:

    1. TAA may not be up to task to handle Ronaldo.... he failed with Rashford and someone else (forget who) his crosses are good but defensively immature. Dont know when to tackle and when to stay up force winger to stay sideline... winger like Ronaldo is dangerous coming in for a shot... he is less dangerous going outside.