Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold has put Premier League title rivalry aside to tell Goal that Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne is the “best” passer of the ball he has ever played against.
Alexander-Arnold, 22, is currently on the sidelines after picking up a calf injury during last Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City – in which De Bruyne missed a penalty. He is expected to be out for a month.
Belgium international De Bruyne has been crucial to City under Pep Guardiola. The £350,000-a-week star (Spotrac) has a whopping 58 goals and 96 assists in his 232 Manchester City appearances – winning two Premier League titles.
Despite the recent rivalry between Liverpool and City at the top of the Premier League, Alexander-Arnold put that aside to heap praise on Belgium international De Bruyne – claiming some of De Bruyne’s passing makes him “wow”.
“He is the best passer I’ve ever played against,”Alexander-Arnold said. “When you’re in and amongst it, it’s rare that you still have those ‘wow’ moments, where you’re taken aback by what you see.
“When you’re playing every day and training with those sort of players, you almost get accustomed to seeing it. But De Bruyne is still the one who gives me those moments, he’ll produce a pass where I’m just like ‘wow.’”
TBR’s view – De Bruyne form needs to be top again
Manchester City have hardly enjoyed the start to the season they had planned. De Bruyne, though he has laid on seven assists in 10 games, is certainly not playing to the best of his ability – scoring just once.
If De Bruyne can get back to his best, especially in the Premier League, then so will Manchester City. If De Bruyne can return to his previous best, City will pose a title challenge to Liverpool. If not, then Liverpool will win the title.