first_img“This is where I grew up so places like this are important to me,” said Alexander-Arnold to British newspaper the Daily Mail.“It’s disappointing to know this still exists because it means something isn’t right in our country.”Alexander-Arnold, 21, helps out when he has the time at St Andrew’s — a place where 25 percent of donated food comes before and after Liverpool and Everton home games.“Seeing how hard the guys here are working to make sure other people can have a hot meal over this winter period is great to see,” said Alexander-Arnold.“It inspires me to keep doing things in the community as people are suffering. Everyone in life should have a fair chance.“Places like this are not talked about enough. I would imagine there are hundreds up and down the country. They need recognition.”In fact anti-hunger campaign group the Trussell Trust runs more than 1,200 food banks nationally and handed out a record 823,145 emergency parcels, which each comprise food for three days, in the six months to September this year.That was the busiest half-year since the organisation was created in 1997 and marked a 23-percent surge from the same period of 2018.Liverpool launched their Christmas food bank appeal on Tuesday and Alexander-Arnold believes the competitive one-upmanship nature of Everton and his club’s fans will hugely benefit the St Andrew’s one.“This is a city of two great teams and the rivalry will probably help the food bank,” said Alexander-Arnold.“One set of fans doesn’t want the other one to be seen as more generous or more giving. They will be competitive about it.“That’s the way the people in the city think so hopefully St Andrew’s and the people who rely on it will benefit.”0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Local hero Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t forgotten his north Liverpool roots despite football fame and fortune © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Trent Alexander-Arnold has refused to let fame and success at European champions Liverpool to forget where he came from, and is inspired to help as “people are suffering” and relying on food banks.The England full-back — who on Wednesday will help to maintain the Red’s unbeaten Premier League record in the Merseyside derby — is sad to see local people struggling as he stops by the St Andrew’s food bank in his old north Liverpool stomping ground.last_img read more

first_img Nigel Spink with Aston Villa – Less than 10 minutes into the 1982 final, Jimmy Rimmer was forced to go off with a shoulder problem and it looked bleak for Villa. His replacement, Spink, had only one first team appearance to his name. However, he kept Bayern Munich out, as the club triumphed 1-0 in Rotterdam. He ended up playing 460 times for the club. 11 Gareth Bale with Real Madrid – Bale has won the Champions League twice with Real Madrid already and he played a decisive role in his first in 2014. His goal in the 4-1 win against rivals Atletico put his side ahead in extra-time before Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo completed the rout and secured a tenth win overall for Real. He had missed earlier chances to score, but headed in at a crucial moment and Bale’s goal came just a month after he had won Real the Copa del Rey thanks to his virtuoso effort against Barcelona. 11 Ryan Bertrand with Chelsea – Bertrand made his European Chelsea debut in the 2012 Champions League final. He didn’t look nervous at all and when he was substituted with 17 minutes of normal time remaining the score was 0-0 and he was forced to watch from the bench as the teams both conceded. Chelsea eventually won on penalties, but Bertrand didn’t even think he’d feature at all. “I had given away my Champions League final tickets, I told [my mum] there was no point in her coming out there, my chances of playing were none or at best slim but she was not having it.” Mrs Bertrand, though, booked a flight to Munich anyway and was there to see her 22-year-old son shine. Alex Ferguson with Man United – Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld may lament taking off Lothar Matthaus in the 1999 final against United, but the changes from Sir Alex Ferguson in the other dugout were inspired. With Man United trailing 1-0, Fergie replaced Jesper Blomqvist and Andy Cole with Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who both scored as the club secured a 2-1 win. “One of Sir Alex’s biggest strengths as a manager was his decision making during a game,” Sheringham later said. 11 11 Steven Gerrard with Liverpool – It looked over for Liverpool at half-time in the 2005 final. They were 3-0 down against Milan and had been played off the park, but were urged to score early in the second by manager Rafa Benitez. It was Gerrard, the captain, who dragged the side back when he reduced the deficit to two goals nine minutes after the restart as the club eventually drew 3-3 to win on penalties. 11 George Best with Man United – Benfica had drawn level in the 1968 European Cup final at Wembley after Bobby Charlton’s opener, but then George Best danced his way to goal having jinked past the defence and rounded the goalkeeper. Brian Kidd, on his 19th birthday, and another from Charlton sealed the 4-1 win, but at that point in time Best was the king. He top scored with 28 goals and was crowned both the PFA and European Footballer of the Year. Those Celtic Lisbon Lions – All 11 of the starting line-up came from within 30 miles of Glasgow. Defender Tommy Gemmell and forward Steve Chalmers scored the goals in the 2-1 win against Inter in 1967, with Billy McNeill as captain. Ronnie Simpson in goal, then there was Jim Craig, John Clark, Bobby Murdoch, Jimmy Johnstone, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace. And let’s not forget midfielder Bertie Auld who began a rendition of ‘the Celtic song’ in the tunnel as the teams lined up. “You should have seen the expression on the Italians’ faces,” McNeill later recalled. “I think they thought they were playing a pub team!” 11 11 11 11 Steve McManaman with Real Madrid – In McManaman’s first season at Real Madrid – the 1999/00 campaign –he won the Champions League and scored a superb volley in the final against Valencia. It was a man of the match performance from McManaman, but he wasn’t finished there and he won the tournament again in 2002. John Robertson with Forest – Brian Clough once described him as the Picasso of football and in 1979 John Robertson’s creative talent was evident when his cross led to Trevor Francis – making his European debut – scoring the winner against Malmo. John McGovern, his captain, said he was like Ryan Giggs but with two good feet and it was his magical right peg which won the 1980 European Cup final against Hamburg. It is a thing of beauty. Juventus v Real Madrid is live on talkSPORT at 19:45 on Saturday 3 June here.Gareth Bale will be Great Britain’s representative in the Champions League final on 3 June where he could win the trophy for the third time in four years. His contribution in the 2014 edition was decisive and he scored his penalty in the shoot-out win in 2016.Real Madrid could also become the first side to win successive competitions since the rebranding of the European Cup in 1992.Have a look at some memorable performances and moments from Brits in the competition over the years. 11 Paul Lambert with Borussia Dortmund – Lambert became the first British player to win the competition with a non-British club when his Borussia Dortmund side saw off Juventus in 1997. The Scotland midfielder joined on a free transfer from Motherwell in 1996 and endeared himself to everyone with the culmination being his shackling of Zinedine Zidane in the final. 11 David May with Man United – What do you mean he didn’t play? Look at the photo.last_img read more