Rio Ferdinand has been giving his thoughts on right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold following his performance during Liverpool’s recent Champions League match against Benfica.
The Lowdown: Alexander-Arnold in the headlines
The Reds ran out 3-1 winners in Lisbon on Tuesday night after goals from Konate, Mane and Diaz secured them a two-goal advantage going into the second leg of the quarter-final.
The 23-year-old has been stealing all the headlines for his outstanding performances of late and has even been told that he’s a “better passer and crosser” than David Beckham by former Chelsea legend Joe Cole.
It would appear that the BT Sport pundit also admires the quality of the 16-time international after recently singing his praises.
The Latest: Ferdinand’s comments
When speaking as part of the BT Sport panel earlier this week, the former Manchester United man claimed that he believes the defender is in a league of his own.
“Trent is as good a passer as anyone on the planet right now, I don’t care.
“When I saw one of his passes yesterday, I was screaming. And it’s not usually passes that do that to me.
“It’s out of order the way he passes the ball. It’s not only the execution, it’s the vision.”
The Verdict: A key player indeed
The £72m-rated star is an integral part of this current Liverpool side and despite still being such a young age, he’s got huge bags of potential and can help his side go on to win plenty of silverware in years to come.
Talking to the media post-match after the Benfica game, Reds goalkeeper Alisson applauded the excellent vision of his fellow teammate.
The Brazilian said:
“Sometimes it looks as if he has got eyes on his back! He just gets the ball and puts it there. The diagonal ball for Luis was amazing, then the decision Luis had to give Sadio the ball – it was an amazing goal.”
The full-back has already registered 11 assists and scored twice in just 26 Premier League outings so far this season, as per Transfermarkt, which currently makes him the highest-ranked player in the league for total number of assists.
Once described as having an “insane” skill-set by manager Jurgen Klopp, there’s no doubt that Alexander-Arnold will continue to have an unbelievably bright future at the club.
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