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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold explains why his favourite 'other' team is Barcelona

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 23/03/2020 David Maddock
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Trent Alexander-Arnold admits to being a secret Barcelona fan… but insists he’s never given the prospect of leaving Liverpool a second thought.

And the England star explains his unyielding love for the city of his birth, and the club he grew supporting, allows him to make the definitive statement on committing to a future at Anfield.

“I love the club more than anything. I love everything about it. I love the city. I love the fans, the people. So, no, why would I think about anywhere else?” he said with certainty.

The defender was born within a stone’s throw of Liverpool’s training ground, and is passionate about his club and city.

In return, the Kop is passionate about their local lad… and even have a song about him being the only Scouser in the team.

Speaking to former government spin doctor Alistair Campbell, in an interview for GQ magazine, the 21-year-old says that when he first heard the song, it was perhaps the proudest moment of his life.

a group of men playing a game of football: Alexander-Arnold says Barca are his favourite 'other' team © Action Images via Reuters Alexander-Arnold says Barca are his favourite 'other' team

So when asked if he would one day consider moving to Spain or Italy to experience a different way of life, his response was emphatic. "It’s not something I’ve ever thought about. I’ve always loved Liverpool.

“I’ve always supported them. I’ve always played for them. So, yeah, still now, I wouldn’t sit there in my room and daydream about playing somewhere else.”

Not even playing for Barcelona. But he does reveal a fondness for the Catalan club, because like Liverpool, they are based in a city which is set apart from the rest of the nation, which has a slightly different set of values.

“I’d say my favourite other team would be Barça. I feel as though they’ve got kind of the same values and beliefs as Liverpool,” he explained.

“(In Liverpool), Everyone’s got the same beliefs, the same drive to succeed, the same hard-work ethic, the tenacity. The passion in what they believe in is a massive thing in this city.”

Interestingly, Alexander-Arnold has a theory which explains just how Jurgen Klopp has been able to produce such an incredible tight knit group at Anfield, with such a diverse set of players.

a man wearing a hat: Alexander-Arnold with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp © PA Alexander-Arnold with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

He has stars from continents across the globe, and at present just one first-teamer from the city of Liverpool itself in the young full back.

Yet the England defender explains that the support and encouragement of the fans helps all the first team players GET what it means to be a Scouser, what it means to represent such a special club:

“I think it’s well known here that the fans are special and they love the players more than anything, but it’s not just about the fans.

“It’s whether you fit the city and the environment that you’re living in, whether the people accept you, if you feel at home, if the family feel at home. I think Liverpool is probably one of the easiest in that regard, because as soon as you come in you are accepted – you know that.

“So (even if you are not born here) the players understand what the club is about, the history, this tradition, the values of the club. I grew up with it. I understood it from an early age. I was taught it throughout my childhood, whereas they weren’t. But they get it.

“For me, (the fans’ chant) It’s something I’m massively proud of, something I think comes with responsibility. It’s probably everyone in the stadium’s dream to be that person who’s in the team who’s from the actual city, having been a fan growing up.

“I think it’s an honour, really. It’s probably one of the best things you can be.”

While Alexander-Arnold is passionate about his heritage, he is also passionate on another subject - the racism in football which has never gone away, and has been disgustingly evident even in recent months.

He experienced it himself playing for England in Bulgaria, and the young man has a powerful augment against the hate-mongers who spread such disgusting views.

“I feel as though the racism comes from a lack of education, (that) educating people to understand that every person is the same, no matter what colour of skin, what gender.

“Discrimination is not acceptable in any form, because everyone’s equal and everyone deserves an equal opportunity to do what they want.

“In terms of football, why shouldn’t someone be able to go on a football pitch and express themselves because they’re a different colour to someone else and people feel as though that’s a problem? It’s beyond crazy for me.”

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