Liverpool will feel it is has its own 'Golden Boy' in the ranks in the shape of Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Academy graduate continues to grow in influence, and was the undisputed savior as Jürgen Klopp's side rallied to beat Fulham in a wild 4-3 victory.

But though it's scarcely believable, Alexander-Arnold is now 25. The boy has become a man, and is long-since ineligible for official Golden Boy recognition.

Set up by Tuttosport in 2003 to acknowledge the game's best and brightest young talents, the award has gone to Jude Bellingham this year. Incredibly, Alexander-Arnold never won it, finishing second behind Matthijs de Ligt in 2018 after bursting onto the Liverpool scene.

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A year later, João Félix would go on to claim the prize. He moved on loan to Barcelona from Atlético Madrid over the summer, scoring against his parent club at the weekend. The club president has now revealed the intentions for the forward's future beyond the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Bellingham has named three contenders to win the Golden Boy award in the future. Here is the take on some of the biggest stories around European football today ahead of the quick turnaround to another Premier League outing, this time against Sheffield United.

João Félix plan explained

Unlocking former Golden Boy João Félix has been the aim ever since his move from Benfica to Atlético Madrid. Never the most natural fit under Diego Simeone, his talent has been showcased only in bursts, a pattern which continued on loan to a struggling Chelsea side in the second half of last season.

The new campaign brought with it a loan to Barcelona, where Félix is thriving. He crowned his progress by scoring the only goal in a win over Atlético Madrid to lift his loan side three points clear of his parent club.

It looks like Félix chose well over the summer. Per Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, he took a huge pay cut to force his dream move, supposedly even snubbing Liverpool to make it happen. But the long-term future is not clear. Via Goal, Atlético Madrid president Enrique Cerezo summed it up:

"João has joined Barça on loan, he's playing there and he's one of the best players in Europe. If next year Barça doesn't want to keep him, he will be back at Atléti. It's very easy, no?"

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Sign up to the newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! says: It has been reported by The Athletic that there is no option to buy in Barcelona's loan for Félix. Even if the club wants to keep him, negotiating a deal may not be entirely straightforward, not least given the ongoing financial difficulties.

As Cerezo says, the alternative is for him to return to Atlético Madrid. But there he would once again face a clash with Simeone's style, and this loan has surely proved that his potential is best served elsewhere.

If he became available for transfer, Liverpool would be foolish not to consider it. There's a reason he was once Europe's hottest talent, and he's one of the few who at least has the potential to fill a good chunk of the void Mohamed Salah will eventually leave in the team.

Jude Bellingham tips next Golden Boy

Bellingham looks on track to jump straight from Golden Boy to Ballon d'Or contention. He has rapidly evolved from a huge talent to a bona fide world-class performer, shining for Real Madrid in a more advanced role.

But as he prepares to pick up the award, he has named some contenders to follow in his footsteps. Per AS, Bellingham has mentioned three players as possible successors.

“I will say three names. First of all, Arda Güler is a phenomenon, we see him training and we are delighted with him. Then my former teammate Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, from Borussia Dortmund. And lastly, my brother Jobe, a full-blooded striker like our father."

Bellingham also praised Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich, who came second. The duo were teammates in the England youth ranks before the latter switched his international allegiance to Germany. says: All exciting talents, at least two are worth Liverpool keeping an eye on. Bellingham Jr is a great talent in his own right, even if his big brother might be a little biased, while Bynoe-Gittens has what it takes to be the next superstar of Borussia Dortmund's production line.

Having already moved to Real Madrid, Güler is presumably out of reach. The same appears true of Musiala and Bayern Munich, although there have been some intriguing Liverpool links in recent months.