first_imgLiverpool Liverpool youngster Alexander-Arnold not overwhelmed by facing Ronaldo Patric Ridge 00:57 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexander-Arnold Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid The Portugal star is this year’s top scorer in the competition, but he will not have things all his own way in the final Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold insists that he is not intimidated by the prospect of marking Cristiano Ronaldo in the upcoming Champions League final.Alexander-Arnold seems certain to start for Liverpool against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday, as the Reds aim to end a 13-year wait for a European trophy.The full-back will likely be up against Madrid talisman Ronaldo, as Los Blancos hunt down a third successive Champions League triumph, but Alexander-Arnold insists he will focus on his own game, rather than the qualities of the opposition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I have trained for 13 years for these moments, these types of games,” he explained to the Telegraph. “You prepare yourself for it without even knowing. “That is the main thing, to keep striving, to focus on myself and make sure I get a good game. Then there is more chance of me not giving him [Ronaldo] too many chances to do what he does best.”Alexander-Arnold has become a key feature in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side this term, capitalising on Nathaniel Clyne’s injury woes to take up the mantle as the club’s first-choice right-back.His superb form for the Reds in the Premier League and their run to the Champions League final has earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.However, the teenager says that it is only the speed in which he has risen to prominence that has surprised him, and not the fact he has made it to the international stage.”I have always thought ‘take a step at a time’,” Alexander-Arnold, who is yet to make his senior England debut, added.”Even though it is hard to say this, I have never felt overwhelmed in that situation.1575 – Only one current teenager (Tom Davies, 1901 mins) played more minutes in the Premier League this season than Trent Alexander-Arnold (1575). Progression. #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/jhsuiBjSw3— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 16 May 2018″Every situation has been a goal and a dream so I have thought about it many times and nothing has really been a surprise.”Even though the timing has been a surprise – I never felt right now I would be going to a World Cup – I always dreamed I would be going at some point.”I have thought things over in my mind millions of times growing up. Every situation that has happened I have imagined.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img