‘It’s like having De Bruyne at right back’: Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville in awe of ‘out of this world’ Trent Alexander-Arnold after two more assists in Liverpool’s comeback win over West Ham
- Trent Alexander-Arnold provided two assists as Liverpool defeated West Ham
- The defender has directly supplied 24 goals since the beginning of 2018-19
- Jamie Carragher believes the 21-year-old is the best playmaker in world football
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher hailed ‘out of this world’ Trent Alexander-Arnold following Liverpool’s 3-2 comeback victory over West Ham.
The 21-year-old delivered a pinpoint cross for Georginio Wijnaldum to head the Reds into an ninth-minute lead, but West Ham turned the game on its head thanks to goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals.
Liverpool would not be denied. Mohamed Salah levelled before Alexander-Arnold provided Sadio Mane with an easy tap-in on 80 minutes; the full-back’s 24th assist since the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses the ball during Liverpool’s 3-2 win over West Ham
‘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.’
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.
Jamie Carragher says Alexander-Arnold is already emulating the world’s best full backs
‘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.’
The form book pointed towards a routine home victory for Liverpool, but they were out of sorts following the midweek defeat by Atletico Madrid.
Their lethal front three fell below their remarkably high standards and the skill of Alexander-Arnold propelled the Reds to an 18th consecutive Premier League victory.
The full back beats Lukasz Fabianski to the ball to tee up Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s third goal
‘That game was about corners of West Ham and crosses of Alexander-Arnold,’ Carragher continued. ‘That was the only threat coming from Liverpool.
‘Think of the best in his position, think of Cafu or Dani Alves, they were world class, bombing down line, getting crosses in, but he is running the game for his team. The best playmaker is a right-back from West Derby.’
Alexander-Arnold is invaluable to this Liverpool team and the right back offered insight into his offensive play during his post-match interview.
‘We are an attacking side, want to create chances, want to be scoring goals and hurting the opposition so best way to do it is to get players forward and cross.
The 21-year-old celebrates with Mane as the Reds wrap up an 18th consecutive league win
‘I do a bit of both, hitting the player and an area with crosses, obviously when you get the ball and think about crossing it you have to look and see if anyone is in box and see where runs will be made, hitting areas and telling attackers to attack it.
‘That is what I tried to do, get balls into boxes, and when you get ball out wide you got a little bit of time it is good to get ball out of feet and cross it.
‘I am doing whatever I can to help team and that is the way that we all think.’
Liverpool now need a maximum of just 12 points from 11 matches to win their first top flight title since 1990.
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