Brazil’s legendary right-back, Cafu, has advised Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold to ‘work more and more’, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old has firmly established himself as the Reds’ right-back this season, with the Reds in the hunt to win the Premier League title.
Injuries have hampered him playing more games but he is seen as a real star for the future.
The Liverpool-born defender has five England caps to his name and his talent has even been recognised by someone of Cafu’s ilk.
The 48-year-old played 142 times for Brazil, winning two World Cups in 1994 and 2002.
After an illustrious career in the game, the defender had some advice for Alexander-Arnold.
He told the Daily Mail: “To play for the England national team, you have to be very good and to play at Liverpool, you have to be very, very good. But it takes times to mature and be consistent.
“Yes, he is very talented. For his position, I would advise him to work hard, do a lot of training, but above all show a lot of commitment to what he does.”
Return to fitness
The Liverpool youngster is expected to complete his return to full fitness by starting against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
His presence in the side has been noticeable in recent weeks and it will be a big boost for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the massive game.
Cafu has warned the youngster to stay grounded, as he sets about fulfilling his potential as one of the best right-backs in the world.
He continued: “He should never think that he is good enough. Don’t get complacent or big-headed. Work more and more.”
The fact that one of the best defenders of a generation holds Alexander-Arnold in such high esteem indicates his quality.
The challenge for the Liverpool man is to now stay fit and hold down a regular place in the team.