Trent Alexander-Arnold has expressed his gratitude to all those who have helped him along his journey after adding the PFA Player of the Year award to his Premier League winners’ medal.
Kevin De Bruyne became the first player in Manchester City’s history to pick up the main prize as the award winners were announced on Tuesday evening, with Liverpool right-back Alexander-Arnold scooping the other prestigious trophy.
‘It’s one of the biggest for me so far on a personal note, probably the biggest,’ Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool’s official website.
‘Being a part of the names that I’ve seen on here, and to be a part of such an amazing trophy and be able to receive it, is an unbelievable honour for me and my family. It’s something we’ll always be proud of.
‘There are massive names, some of the best that have ever played in the Premier League, undoubtedly a lot of Premier League legends on there. So, that’s obviously something I want to try to achieve. To be a part of the names that are on here is massive for me.’
The full-back added: ‘These types of awards, when it’s voted by people who have played against you and can maybe admire or respect the things you do on the pitch, is amazing.
It’s a big thanks to all those that voted for me and have decided I deserve this trophy. It’s a big thanks to them.
‘It’s huge for me to achieve this and it’s something I’ll never forget.’
Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool’s success over the last two seasons has given him even more ‘hunger’ and drive to add to his trophy cabinet over the coming years.
‘There’s so much hunger. There are certain mentalities that are instilled in you from habits all the time, from the people around you that make you think like that, the manager, the staff and the way the club is run,’ he said.
‘There’s just always something more you can achieve, you can never settle on what you’ve achieved so far.
‘For me, there’s a lot more to achieve and I know there’s still so much potential to reach. The sky is the limit.
‘That’s what I’ve got to aim for. I’ve just got to keep working hard and hopefully I’ll be able to achieve more moments like this.’
De Bruyne said it was ‘strange’ to be the first City player to win the PFA Player of the Year, considering the great players who have come before him at the Etihad.
‘It is a big honour,’ the Belgian said.
‘To be voted by your colleagues, your competitors from other teams who we play against on the field, is amazing.
‘It is maybe strange that I’m the first one at City, with all the good players who played there before and are still playing, but it is nice to represent the club.
‘They want to win the trophies; they want to be the best. It is everybody voting, not a few players, so that means you have done really well in the season.’