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Trent Alexander-Arnold fears no one in bid to be a big name at Liverpool

The 18-year-old right-back was undaunted by Franck Ribéry’s reputation and is being tipped for a breakthrough season at Anfield

Trent Alexander-Arnold introduced himself to Franck Ribéry last week with a challenge from behind that left the seven-times Bundesliga champion on his backside and glaring at his marker. He was met with an impassive stare but would get to know all about the 18-year-old defender as Liverpool impressed not only in attack when beating Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena. Arrival announced to the former France winger. He will not be the only one this season.

“I try not to pay too much respect to the players I am playing against,” says Alexander-Arnold, confirming precisely what that early exchange with Ribéry in Munich had indicated. “I think that is what can affect you. You have to go out there and focus on yourself and not who you are up against. It was obviously going to be a tough task going up against a world-class player and one of the best. You just have to see it as a chance and that is what I do every time the manager picks me. I just have to take the opportunity and show why I deserve that chance. I tried to do that against Bayern.”

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