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LeBron backs Liverpool star Trent

Sports 17 May, 2022 Follow News

Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a brilliant season

Phil Foden is a strong candidate for Young Player of the Year

With Trent Alexander-Arnold up for both Premier League Player of the Season awards, the Liverpool right-back has been given the backing of LeBron James.

Trent is in jubilant form after starring in the FA Cup victory over Chelsea on Saturday. The Premier League have revealed the shortlists for their end-of-season awards, with Liverpool represented in each category for the current campaign.

Jurgen Klopp has been nominated for Manager of the Season, while Alexander-Arnold is up for two awards, joining Mohamed Salah on the Player of the Season shortlist as well as being in the running for Young Player of the Season.

He is joined by fellow Young Player of the Season nominees Phil Foden (Man City), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Declan Rice (West Ham) and Bukayo Saka (Arsenal). Foden must be a strong candidate after a string of fine performances and crucial goals.

Players are eligible for Young Player of the Season provided they are under the age of 23 at the start of the campaign, with Alexander-Arnold having turned 23 in October.

Voting is open for all three awards via the Premier League‘s official website, with Liverpool shareholder James taking part on Friday.

Revealing his votes on Twitter, the LA Lakers icon confirmed that he had backed Alexander-Arnold as Young Player of the Season. Although fully deserving, there is a vested interest for James. He initially invested in Liverpool back in 2011, purchasing a two percent stake in the club alongside business partner Maverick Carter, to the tune of $6.5 million.

The pair then became minority partners in the club’s ownership group Fenway Sports Group last year, and James has continued to show his support as Klopp‘s side battled for four trophies this season.

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