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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold makes Jude Bellingham prediction after Champions League win

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Jude Bellingham capped a remarkable first season at Real Madrid by winning the Champions League, with Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold among those paying tribute.

Real beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday night to win the competition for 15th time. Dani Carvajal opened the scoring before Bellingham set up Vinicius Jr to wrap up the victory.

Liverpool was heavily linked with a move for Bellingham last summer with plans to build its midfield around the England international. But he instead completed a $112m (£88m/€103m) switch to the Bernabeu and hasn't looked back.

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The 20-year-old ends the campaign with 23 goals and 13 assists and will now look to lead England to glory at the European Championships this summer. He took to social media to celebrate the achievement and was congratulated by Reds ace Alexander-Arnold.

In the comments on Bellingham's Instagram post, Alexander-Arnold wrote: "1st of… Congratulations, brother", with the midfielder now among the favorites to win this year's Ballon d'Or.

Speaking in an emotional post-match interview, the midfielder told TNT Sports: "I've always dreamed of playing in these games. When it gets hard at times you start to wonder if it's all worth it - but nights like tonight make it all worth it. It's got to be up there in terms of the perfect season. I can't put it into words, it's the best night of my life."

Liverpool's interest in Bellingham was real last summer but the Reds moved away from trying to sign him from Dortmund due to the transfer fee involved. Jurgen Klopp instead made wholesale changes to his midfield as four new faces arrived in Alexis Mac Allister, DominiK Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch.

Klopp namechecked the ex-Birmingham man during his farewell event last week as he defended owners FSG over their spending during his nine-year tenure. He said: "If Liverpool would be the club with endless money, you can spend what you want.

"Kylian Mbappe comes here, Bellingham comes here, Erling Haaland comes here. It doesn’t fit, it’s not us. It is not us. That’s how it is.”

Liverpool.com says: Bellingham deserves recognition for a quite incredible season at Real Madrid. His talent was never in question but few saw a campaign like this coming when he arrived at the Bernabeu. Alexander-Arnold's prediction will likely come true, this will be the first of many successes in what promises to be an iconic career.