Trent Alexander-Arnold has been one of the breakout stars of the 2017/18 Premier League season, with his excellent performances for Liverpool catching the eye.
The 19-year-old right-back hit the headlines all the way back in August, when he netted a superb free-kick on his European debut as the Reds defeated Hoffenheim in Germany to take one step closer to qualifying for the Champions League group stage.
He has since made a further 20 appearances in all competitions, and has chipped in with another two goals – one in the Premier League and one in the Champions League proper.
But it could have all been so different for the England Under-21 international, if only his name had not been pulled out of a hat back when he was a primary school student.
Alexander-Arnold first joined the Anfield club as a six-year-old in 2004, and that offer only came around because students from his school were invited to a training camp at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground.
Obviously, loads of kids wanted to go, so the decision was made to randomly select who would visit the training ground, as explained by Alexander-Arnold in an exclusive interview with FourFourTwo.
“There weren’t enough invites for everyone in our class who wanted to go,” the teenager explained, “so we drew names out of a hat.
“Fortunately, my name was pulled out. I went along, played with a smile on my face as I always did, and a scout went over to my mum at the end of the session and asked her to bring me to the academy two or three times a week.
“When the opportunity comes along, you’ve got to take it. Without knowing it, I did. Back then it was just another chance, on another day, to play football for a few days.”
The hand that pulled Alexander-Arnold’s name out that hat was quite literally the hand of fate, and the owner of said hand should be proud to have started the career of footballer who looks set to star for Liverpool and England for years to come.