Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have both lavished praise on ‘special’ Trent Alexander-Arnold, following the full-back’s display during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over West Ham on Monday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders came from behind to seal victory in an entertaining contest against the struggling Hammers at Anfield, the Merseyside club securing a record-equalling 18th consecutive Premier League victory.
Key to the victory was the latest in a string of influential performances from right-back Alexander-Arnold, the 21-year-old providing two assists to take his tally to 12 for the season – equalling his own record for most by a defender in a single Premier League campaign set last season.
The England international continues to flourish as arguably the finest attacking full-back in world football, and former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Alexander-Arnold’s delivery provides a potent weapon for the European champions.
“What makes him special is it is like having De Bruyne at right-back, like a midfielder at right-back,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“People talk about his defending, but what he is doing – like Beckham at wing-back under Hoddle because of his quality – Alexander-Arnold is like a wing-back with the positions he plays.”
“If the quality is that good and the speed of the run, you are going to get chances, the quality is out of this world.”
Fellow Sky pundit Neville was similarly impressed by the academy graduate’s latest showing, saying the quality of Alexander-Arnold’s delivery is evidenced by the number of headers being scored by Reds’ diminutive forward line.
Neville added: “What staggers me is they don’t have two big strikers to hit with loads of headers, but Mane and Salah score headers because the quality is that good.”