Trent Alexander-Arnold was on hand for a very special surprise for a young Red as he helped create memories to cherish in a personal visit before the global pandemic struck.
And while he has excelled on the pitch, Trent is never shy in giving back off it and five-year-old Emerson Grant was the latest unsuspecting fan on the receiving end of a heartwarming surprise.
Emerson comes from a family of Reds and at just 11 months old he was diagnosed with a reoccurring Arachnoid Cyst on his spine which led to being paralysed from the chest down.
“There’s no doubt having a spinal cord injury is tough – every day is tough,” Emerson’s dad, Lee Grant said. “Coming from Liverpool, Emerson has that ‘take-care-of business’ attitude.”
And ahead of what would have been the 2020 Wings for Life World Run event earlier this year – a unique running event to raise critical funds for spinal cord injuries, which was later cancelled due to COVID-19 – Trent made a surprise visit to Emerson’s grandparents’ home in Toxteth.
While still amid Liverpool‘s title charge in 2019/20, Trent’s house call proved to be one which would forever be cherished as Emerson was gifted a signed Playstation and challenged to a game of FIFA.
On his visit to meet Emerson, Trent said: “I know Emerson’s a young lad who has had a really tough time so far in life.
“Meeting him, he’s such an inspiring person, and it was a really big eye-opener for me. Wings for Life is an amazing organisation with lots going on, so I was happy I was able to put a smile on his face.”
After the 2020 Wings for Life event was cancelled, the UK will now host a virtual run on May 9, 2021, where thousands will take to the streets to run for those who can’t to help raise valuable funds to help find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
* You can sign up to the Wings for Life App Run here, 100 percent of entry fees and donations go toward spinal cord research.