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Silverstone is flooded with Premier League stars such as Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold

From the field to the paddock! Silverstone is inundated with Premier League footballers for the British Grand Prix, including Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake and Trent Alexander-Arnold… as the Liverpool right-back shares his ‘love’ for F1

  • A host of Premier League stars have enjoyed the Silverstone experience
  • Trent Alexander-Arnold switched shirts with F1 champion Max Verstappen
  • Dutch defenders Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake put club rivalry aside for a day
  • Chelsea’s Reece James and Brentford striker Ivan Toney were also pictured

A host of Premier League stars soaked up the atmosphere at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone today.

The event is known for attracting an array of glittering names and this year has seen an influx of footballers enjoying their summer break.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was pictured swapping shirts with reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen and also posed with the Red Bull star’s car.

Trent Alexander-Arnold swaps shirts with reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen

Trent Alexander-Arnold swaps shirts with reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen

The right back of Liverpool and England also posed for a photo with the Dutchman's Red Bull car

The right back of Liverpool and England also posed for a photo with the Dutchman’s Red Bull car

Alexander-Arnold's Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk was also present at Silverstone

Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk was also present at Silverstone

air sportsGrid Walk reporter Martin Brundle arranged a quick interview with Alexander-Arnold, who expressed his passion for F1.

‘It’s my first time [on the grid],’ said the England right-back. “Hopefully the first of many, I absolutely love F1 and I’m so excited to be here. It doesn’t really allow me with my schedule, but I’m happy to be here today.

“I love everything about F1. The excitement, the fact that it’s a team sport and an individual sport at the same time, I find exciting. It’s a great sport, I grew up there with my father and my family.

Van Dijk and his Dutch compatriot Nathan Ake visit the Red Bull garage before the race

Van Dijk and his Dutch compatriot Nathan Ake visit the Red Bull garage before the race

Manchester City defender Ake poses for a photo with a fan at the British Grand Prix

Manchester City defender Ake poses for a photo with a fan at the British Grand Prix

Chelsea and England defender Reece James was all smiles as he checked into the paddock

Chelsea and England defender Reece James was all smiles as he checked into the paddock

‘These machines are something very special. There is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes that I was able to see today. It’s not easy, it doesn’t happen overnight.’

Brundle even managed to ask Alexander-Arnold if he was happy with Mo Salah’s new contract after the Egyptian agreed a new three-year deal with Liverpool.

“Of course,” said Alexander-Arnold. “Hopefully a few more years with him to win more trophies.”

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is another footballer who has soaked up the atmosphere

Brentford striker Ivan Toney is another footballer who has soaked up the atmosphere

Former Manchester City title winners Micah Richards and Ivan Toney were also in attendance

Former Manchester City title winners Micah Richards and Ivan Toney were also in attendance

Defenders Association: Ake, Lescott, Richards and van Dijk pose for a photo in the Red Bull garage

Defenders Association: Ake, Lescott, Richards and van Dijk pose for a photo in the Red Bull garage

Dutch defenders Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake were on opposite sides of the title race with Liverpool and Manchester City last season, but they were together at Silverstone, smiling in the Red Bull garage.

Chelsea and England star Reece James was also tricked, as was Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

There was even room for a few retired players as Micah Richards was in typically good spirits alongside his former Manchester City team-mate Joleon Lescott.

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