Bayern Munich's Benjamin Pavard has backed himself as a more complete defender than Trent Alexander-Arnold, and questioned the Liverpool star's defensive attributes.
The full-back position is as important as it's ever been, and a role where you used to be able to hide away, is now one of the most key positions in modern day football.
Alexander-Arnold is tipped by many as the best right-back in the world, with Liverpool revolutionising the role as Andy Robertson occupies a similar but alternative influence on the opposite side.
However, despite the England international's clear rise, Pavard still rates himself above the Liverpool man.
Pavard has won the World Cup and Nations League with the French national team, and has also proved a success with Bayern since joining the German giants in 2019, and has backed his own ability over other stars that have made a name for themselves in the same position.
When speaking to Goal, Pavard said: "A defender must first defend well. On paper, Pavard may be less sexy than Hakimi, Arnold, but I find that defensively I am more complete."
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Pavard actually started his career as a centre-back, but has since been moved out wide, and the Frenchman gave his views on the position change: "My position is a central defender. It always has been, this is where I feel most comfortable, where I take the most pleasure. This is where I find myself the best. I think we see more of my qualities in this position.
"If the great coaches put me on the right side, it is because they have confidence in my abilities. With Deschamps I have always been a holder. If he trusts me it’s not for my beautiful eyes or my hair. He is aware of my qualities.
"After that I have to improve in certain areas: I have to take more risks, more initiatives, I am aware of it and I work on that on a daily basis."
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