‘He’s Beckham and De Bruyne at right-back’: Gary Neville raves about Trent Alexander-Arnold… while Jamie Carragher says it was Gareth Southgate’s ‘MADNESS’ to play him in midfield
- Trent Alexander-Arnold had another great game in Liverpool’s Leeds victory
- The right-back assisted Mohamed Salah’s opening goal and forced the second
- Gary Neville was impressed and compared him to Premier League legends
- Some suggest he should move to midfield, which Jame Carragher thought was worthless
Gary Neville was so impressed with Trent Alexander-Arnold at Leeds that he compared the right-back to two iconic Premier League midfielders, but insisted playing him in their position is a ‘no-go’.
The England international was at his most creative on Elland Road. He bombed the right-hand side to score Mohamed Salah’s opening goal before hurling into the corner that caused chaos in the Leeds penalty area as Fabinho jumped to score.
Alexander-Arnold faced criticism as Liverpool’s title defenses crumbled and his performances plummeted, but he roared with fine form in 2021-22.
Trent Alexander-Arnold impressed against Leeds United and assisted Mohamed Salah .’s goal
Neville compared the star to world-class midfielders David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne
“He’s the best right-back passer I’ve ever seen,” Neville told Monday Night Football.
“He’s David Beckham and Kevin De Bruyne at right back. I loved him against Leeds. He was breathtaking.’
Alexander-Arnold has already provided two assists this season after four Premiership appearances, scoring just seven last season.
He hopes to hit double figures this season, such as in 2018-19 and the 2019-20 title-winning season.
However, both Neville and Jamie Carragher believe the 22-year-old is better off collecting his goals as a fullback, rather than moving to midfield.
The Englishman flew up and down the wing throughout the match, also forcing Fabinho’s tap-in
Gary Nevill praised the star, calling him ‘the best right-back passer I’ve seen’
Gareth Southgate put Alexander-Arnold in the center from the start of England’s 4-0 win over Andorra alongside Anfield team-mate Jordan Henderson and Jude Bellingham.
The star’s sublime vision and razor-sharp passing has left some fans and pundits wondering why he doesn’t play there more often.
“Midfield is a no-go for me,” added former Manchester United right-back Neville.
“I think Southgate had 10 players he needed to get into the game against Andorra and Reece James went to right back and he went to midfield, I think that was temporary.”
Carragher, who has had stints both in the center of defense and as a fullback for Liverpool, agreed: “I never quite understood it.
The fullback played in midfield for England against Andorra and many are saying he should stay there
“When I first heard it, I honestly thought it was complete nonsense.
‘I went from center back to fullback under Gerard Houllier. My first reaction was that I didn’t want to play fullback, but you get so much from the ball.
“As the games go, there are normally 6-7 players in the center of the field. You just get that time to get that head up.
“Trent is in that position and he’s creating so much, there’s no need to change it at all. Why would you, it’s madness to me.’