Liverpool’s ‘Grandmaster’ Trent Alexander-Arnold met his match against world chess champion Magnus Carlsen on Monday.
The 20-year-old lost by checkmate to Carlsen in a match in Manchester which lasted five minutes and involved 17 moves.
“This whole experience has been an eye-opener, not only into just how much goes into becoming great at the game but also seeing the similarities between it and the sport I love, football,” said The full-back.
“Football and chess can seem like polar sporting opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game.
“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer and I guess that is true across most sports now. Although it may go down as a 1-0 loss, I will be practising more and maybe there will be a rematch.”