Adam Lallana says 'exceptional' reported Liverpool target reminds him of Trent Alexander-Arnold
Adam Lallana has compared Liverpool target Jude Bellingham with his England teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Bellingham is taking the World Cup by storm and faces another huge game on Saturday night when the Three Lions face France.
A big performance and a win there would take Bellingham’s star to new heights on the back of a tournament where he has truly announced himself on the world stage.
In the Times, Lallana paid tribute to Bellingham and said his impact on games reminded him of Alexander-Arnold’s in some ways.
Lallana compares Bellingham with Alexander-Arnold
He wrote: “There were probably four or five times in the opening stages against Senegal when Jude ran to put someone under pressure.
“He may not have got the ball, but he forced an error and that is massive. That is so important. It is not just about winning the ball back, but also the energy it creates in the team. That Jude understands this at the age of 19 is, frankly, obscene. There is a fearlessness that Jude embodies, too, that is so refreshing.
“He is happy to run back and help out his team-mates when he is required but, from an attacking point of view, he wants to run forward and make things happen. His driving burst up the pitch that led to England’s second goal exemplified that.
“He didn’t look to play safe but instead sought to cause chaos and his team-mates reaped the rewards. The reality that he is both a team player and a star in his own right is the sign of an exceptional player. For now, though, his rise reminds me of how Trent Alexander-Arnold came through at Liverpool.
“That said, I have not seen a player this young able to exert the same influence on matches as Jude. No matter what names you put to me, no one comes close.
“Jordan (Henderson) does not give praise out willy-nilly and the fact he was saying to me two years ago after Jude first joined up with England “watch this kid, wait until you see this kid” told me he was a special talent.”
Alexander-Arnold’s role with England has been up for constant debate, but it seems most likely that Kyle Walker will be the man charged with stopping Kylian Mbappe on Saturday.
Perhaps Kieran Trippier would come into the team as a right wing-back, and that decision between a back four and a back five is Southgate’s biggest call ahead of the game where a win would get the country so excited.
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