Fabinho has said that Trent Alexander-Arnold could become one of the best full-backs in the world, while saying his Liverpool teammate could make a move into midfield.
Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the best attacking full-backs in world football at present, the 21-year-old registering his 10th assist of the season against Wolves on Thursday night, becoming the first defender in Premier League history to twice reach double figures for assists in a single season.
The England international has become a key component of Jurgen Klopp’s side, providing a threat with his exquisite delivery from both open play and set-piece situations.
Comparisons have been made between Alexander-Arnold and Barcelona legend Dani Alves, the Brazilian having won 40 titles to become the most decorated player in the history of the game and being regarded as one of the finest full-backs of his generation.
Fabinho, who plays alongside the veteran Alves for the national team, and whilst he believes his Liverpool teammate is not yet of that standard, says Alexander-Arnold has all the attributes to reach the very top.
“If you talk about everything he has conquered and won, Dani Alves is one of the best players to have ever played the position,” Fabinho said in an interview with SPORTBible.
“He’s still incredible at 36 years old, one of the stars of Brazilian national team, playing the way he always has.
“As for Trent, his passing is amazing. He has everything to become one of the best in the world.”
Alexander-Arnold’s quality delivery has led to suggestions that the Englishman could be set for a future role in midfield, the Scouser possessing all the attributes to thrive in a more central role.
Fabinho began his own career as a right-back before becoming a dynamic defensive midfielder and reckons his young teammate has the quality to make a similar move in the coming years.
“He has the quality to move into the midfield. I started as a full-back, before moving into midfield and that experience helped me a lot,” he said.