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Trent Alexander-Arnold tipped to make UCL history

22 May 2019, 11:05

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is tipped to create history if he makes the starting lineup for the Reds in their Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur on June 1.

The 20-year-old would become the first ever player under the age of 21 to start consecutive finals in Europe's biggest competition. 

Italian defender Christian Panucci currently holds the record for the youngest player to start in two consecutive Champions League finals when he made the starting XI for AC Milan against Barcelona and Ajax Amsterdam back in 1994 and 1995.

Panucci was 22 years old when he started against Ajax at Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna on May 24, 1995.

However, the youngest Nigerian player to start in two consecutive Champions League finals is Finidi George who in 1995 and 1996 started for Ajax against AC Milan and Juventus - he was twenty-five years old at the time.

Former Ajax Amsterdam star Nwankwo Kanu was still a teenager when he featured in his second consecutive Champions League finals against Juventus, a record that could not be taken over by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Nigerian striker came on as a second-half substitute against Milan in  the1995 final, before starting against Juventus the following year.

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