Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Gary Neville compares Liverpool star to Beckham and De Bruyne


Manchester United legend Gary Neville showered praise on in-form Liverpool player Trent Alexander-Arnold. He also compared versatile full-back to midfield legends David Beckham and Kevin de Bruyne.

Alexander-Arnold has been in great form for Liverpool since his return from injury last season. He recently made comeback with England National team after missing out on Euro 2020 campaign due to injury.

Liverpool’s right-back is now back to full fitness and picked up his form in the early stages of this season. He started all of the opening four Premier League fixtures and already has two assists to his name. He has been a regular provider from the right-wing back role with more than 10 goals and 40 assists, despite being just 22 years old.

Many football pundits and former players consider Alexander-Arnold as the best right-back in the world right now. Former Brazil legend Cafu has hailed English international before as one of the most exciting full-backs he has ever seen.

Alexander-Arnold in form for Liverpool

Neville question’s Southgate’s tactics with Alexander-Arnold:

Former Manchester United right-back was very much impressed by Liverpool full-back in their last fixture. The Reds defeated Leeds United by 0-3 at Elland Road to continue their unbeaten form this season. Liverpool-born right-back provided an assist for Salah’s opening goal and was a continuous threat down the right flank.

Alexander-Arnold has impressed everyone with his passing skills and creating key chances for Liverpool forwards. Neville compared his passing to former teammate David Beckham and one of the current best midfielders in the world De Bruyne. He said Liverpool youngster is Beckham and De Bruyne at the right-back position.

“He’s the best passer of a ball at right-back that I’ve ever seen. He’s David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne at right-back. I loved him against Leeds. He was breathtaking. – Neville told Sky Sports.

Alexander-Arnold recently equalled Gary Neville’s assist tally in the Premier League fixture. Both now has 35 league assists to their names, but Alexander-Arnold just started the race.

Neville and Carragher questions Southgate’s decision:

Sky Sports pundits Neville and Jamie Carragher criticized England manager Gareth Southgate’s decision over Reds’ full-nack. Southgate played Trent-Alexander in midfield positioning a 4-0 win against Andorra.

Three Lions have plenty of good options in the right-back position. Currently, Kyle Walker has been first-choice for Southgate despite his inconsistent form for Manchester City. Reece James, Kieran Trippier, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are other options who are competing for that position with Liverpool star.

Alexander-Arnold is a little ahead of all the above options and both the former legendary defenders agree on that. Jamie Carragher was surprised after learning Southgate’s decision of playing Alexander-Arnold in midfield role.

‘When I first heart it I thought it was completely nonsense to be honest. I went from the middle to full-back under Gerard Houllier. My initial reaction was I didn’t want to play full-back but you get so much of the ball. – Carragher on Southgate’s decision of playing Alexander-Arnold in midfield.


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