Liverpool defender says Zaha was a tougher oppenent than Ronaldo or Neymar

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has said that Wilfried Zaha was a harder prospect to play against than either of Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar.

Alexander-Arnold has been one of the breakthrough stars of the last 18 months, propelling himself from academy prospect to a first-team regular at Liverpool, a role which has seen him pit his wits against some of the best players in the world.

The England international faced up against Cristiano Ronaldo in last season’s Champions League final, and has already played against the most expensive player in the world, Neymar, this season when PSG visited Anfield last month.

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However, despite facing these incredible talents, the youngster has said that Crystal Palace winger Wilf Zaha was the hardest opponent he has faced:

“On the day, I’d say Zaha was the hardest,” Alexander-Arnold told The Times.

“Just his athleticism. You can’t get the ball off him, hard to tackle, fast, skilful, can score goals, set them up, a match-winner.

“With Neymar and Ronaldo, you can see they are very intelligent players, people who know their trade, different movements, but they never got much of the ball against us.

“Obviously Zaha is not at a level of Ronaldo and Neymar, but for me, on the day Zaha was probably the hardest.”

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