Trent Alexander-Arnold Says He's Ready For Ronaldo
Liverpool face off against Real Madrid in the Champions League final later this month, in a much-anticipated game.
It's fair to say that the mighty Madrid have the edge in terms of quality on their team, but, on the flip side, Liverpool have Mohamed Salah. It could be Thierry Henry versus the Galacticos all over again.
But Madrid have a serious piece on firepower in their locker as well: Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portugal international has had a hand in Real Madrid's last three Champions League trophy wins. On his side defending against him will likely be youngster and Merseyside local Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 19-year-old has taken the Premier League by storm this season. And the England right-back isn't fazed about going up against one of the world's best:
"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," he said via Sky Sports.
"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."
Alexander-Arnold might be identified as a weak leak by Los Blancos because of his inexperience, but that would be a mistake. He has been a fundamental cog in Liverpool's Champions League successes so far this season. And this is the right type of attitude needed to nullify Ronaldo.
The Liverpool defender continued: "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."
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