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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold triggers pay rise in contract - source

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Trent Alexander-Arnold triggered a pay rise in his Liverpool contract after making his 30th first-team appearance in February, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.

Alexander-Arnold signed a five-year deal with Liverpool in July that included a number of triggers for pay increases when milestone appearances were reached. A source said that was common policy for the club when it comes to young players.

His 30th outing for his boyhood club came on Feb. 11 when Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 at St Mary's Stadium. It subsequently led to a pay increase reported to be around £40,000 a week.

The 19-year-old is enjoying his first season as a regular in Jurgen Klopp's side after having made 27 appearances at right-back so far.

Alexander-Arnold, who is capped at under-21s level, trained with Gareth Southgate's England side last month, with the youngster hopeful that his performances this season can lead to a place in this summer's World Cup squad.

Liverpool teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has backed Alexander-Arnold to reach the very top of the game after impressing in both legs of the Champions League semifinal win against Manchester City.

"I think he's grown massively. In every big game he's stood up and been counted," Oxlade-Chamberlain told Liverpool's website. "I'm sure along the way he's had a few mistakes, but whenever I've seen him make errors, I've not seen them repeated -- and that's credit to him as a person as a player.

"To make mistakes at this level, you can come in for criticism and scrutiny, [but] he's learnt from it and got on with his business. Over the two legs [against] Manchester City, it's the best performance I've seen from anyone over two legs in such a big game.

"The sky's his limit. He can go as far as he wants to in this game. He really can."