Former Liverpool coach Karl Robinson has admitted that the Reds signed prodigious youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Merseyside rivals Everton.

The 18-year-old was entrusted to feature in the EFL Cup against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek and impressed as Jurgen Klopp’s men won 2-1 to progress to the quarter-finals.

Alexander-Arnold is versatile enough to play in a number of positions but the teenager appears set for a career as a right-back, where he featured against Spurs.

Although the Liverpool-born defender is yet to feature in the Premier League for the Anfield outfit, he will hope to continue to get a chance in the cup competitions.

Robinson has spoken highly of Alexander-Arnold and admitted that there was a tussle with Everton to secure his future as a Red.

“I signed Trent. I was watching the game on Tuesday night and I got all emotional,” he told The Times podcast.

“He had a choice between Liverpool and Everton, and we literally kidnapped him! We wouldn’t let him anywhere because he was so good. He was a striker as a kid.

“He was the best by a long way. We did everything we possibly could to sign him.

“Cameron Brannagan was a bit older than him. Jordan Rossiter and Connor Randall were also part of that batch of players we signed at six, seven and eight.

“I’m watching these kids now and thinking ‘remember the battle we had trying to sign him.”

Alexander-Arnold has represented England at a number of age-grade levels and is currently tied up with the under-19 set-up.

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