Trent was the first to see it in person, and people are taking notice of it right away.
Trent Alexander-Arnold shared a poignant message in relation to the eye-catching self-portrait painted on a row house near Anfield.
A three-story mural of the Liverpool right-back can be seen on a building at the crossroads of Sybil Street and Anfield Road.
Trent, 20, and his older brother Tyler were able to witness it live today, albeit it has already garnered publicity.
The painting was arranged by the Liverpool FC fan podcast The Anfield Wrap as a way to honor an incredible season and uplift other young people. Trent also believed that the painting would represent something important to others, and he had a message for the young people of the community.
During the formal unveiling of the painting, he told the ECHO, “The main message that kids should be picking up from me and my story is that anything is possible and anything can happen – because I was once that kid in a Gerrard or Carragher shirt.”
They were the local team members who left me with the feeling that everything was achievable.
“It wasn’t the players coming in, it was the guys saying they were just normal lads in Liverpool and it’s just a cycle of being a normal lad and being able to see people living their dream and living your dream,” they said.
I hope that’s the lesson that the current events are teaching the youth.
The artwork certainly appeals to the younger demographic in the neighborhood, as seen by the constant stream of kids sporting Trent shirts that visit the street every day to take pictures.
French graffiti artist Akse, who also created the Klopp mural in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, painted the piece. MGS Estates made it possible by allowing their building’s side to be modified.
Trent said he thought the idea was a “wind up” at first, but he felt like pinching himself when he saw the massive mural thus close to the ground. “It’s something you always dream about, but you never realize that this could happen,” he stated after realizing it was genuine. I initially believed it to be a wind-up.
“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who helped make it happen. My family and I am quite happy about it, and it is something to be extremely proud of.”
He went on, “You never really know what’s going to happen and that you’ll end up with something like this on the side of a skyscraper.”
It’s something I’ve always wanted to happen, even though it kind of caught me off guard. I think it’s a little early to say this, but it’s great to be a part of something like this.
The artwork will also feature Fans Supporting Foodbanks, a prominent local charity, in an attempt to increase public awareness of the good work they do in the community.
“It’ll be great to see all the fans with it and perhaps garner some more support for the foodbanks – that’s the main reason it’s there at the end of the day,” Trent added, emphasizing the value of the mural’s message.
“It goes without saying that the message conveyed is more important than the picture alone. It is intended that this would raise awareness and serve as a reminder to people that they may always give back when they can in an effort to combat hunger and poverty in the city.
“The pictures don’t even do it justice even though you know that it’s amazing in the pictures,” the writer stated. “In real life, it’s amazing and something that hopefully will stay for a while.”