Liverpool FC have enlisted the help of Trent Alexander-Arnold's mum in order to help bring through the next generation of exciting talent.

The Reds recently unveiled a new £1million family building at the Kirkby Academy which has been built for relatives of youth players on the club's books.

And Academy director Alex Inglethorpe will call upon Dianne's expertise to help educate and inform parents about the challenges ahead of them.

The ECHO's LFC reporter James Pearce chatted with Liverpool Academy director Alex Inglethorpe

Alexander-Arnold has admitted he owes a huge debt of gratitude to his mum for the sacrifices she made in order to help him make the grade at Liverpool.

The 20-year-old Academy graduate, who grew up in West Derby, has been on the club's books since he was spotted playing for St Matthew’s Primary School at the age of six.

“The new building is something we've needed for a while and it's been a huge undertaking,” Inglethorpe told the ECHO.

 

“It's somewhere for the families to come together while the youngsters are training and playing. I think we've created a space that they can really enjoy and feel very proud of.

“We want to create a curriculum for the parents that is driven by them around the issues they want to discuss.

“There's an educational aspect to it and we want to tap into the experience of people who have been through his journey. Trent's mum is the perfect example of that.

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on May 12

“Dianne is an incredible advert for any parent who has a son trying to make it as a professional footballer. She’s been a fantastic rock for him.

“Her input will be incredibly valuable when it comes to explaining to parents what to expect over the coming years and what they can do to help.”

 

The new building at the Academy includes a range of family-friendly facilities such as a relaxation area, space for siblings to complete their homework, a kitchenette, a terrace and changing facilities.

“It was designed in conjunction with the parents,” Inglethorpe added.

“They had a focus group and we engaged with them about what they would want.

Liverpool Football Club's new first-team training facility, which will link up with the existing academy in Kirkby

“We decided against the Prosecco bar and the gym! There are a lot of different topics they want to hear more about from nutrition to pathways and rules and regulations.

“We have one mum I'd describe as being very fortunate, she might not agree, who has two boys with us – one in the under-10s and one in the pre-Academy. That means she's here seven days a week because of how the schedules fall.

“When you hear about stories like that you realise the importance of having somewhere like this for them to enjoy their time with us.”

 

Alexander-Arnold is set to make history when he walks out in the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.

The Reds right-back will become the first ever player aged under 21 to start consecutive finals in Europe’s premier club competition.

Despite his meteoric rise to stardom, the England international has never forgotten his roots and is a frequent visitor to Kirkby.

Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He returned to the Academy recently as the special guest at the under-9s signing day when 26 young players penned their first deals with the club.

Alexander-Arnold spoke about the day he signed for the Reds and urged the youngsters to get everything they could out of their time at the Academy. Dianne also delivered a talk about how best to support the young players in the years ahead.

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