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Garth Crooks compares Trent Alexander-Arnold to Tottenham legend

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Garth Crooks compares Trent Alexander-Arnold to Tottenham legend

The BBC pundit has suggested one aspect of the England man reminds him of Glenn Hoddle.

Former Tottenham star Garth Crooks has told BBC Sport that he hasn’t seen anyone as devastating at dead ball situations since Glenn Hoddle.

The Liverpool right-back claimed assists for both of Virgil van Dijk’s goals in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are eight points clear of Leicester and have 11 more than reigning champions Manchester City.

Following Alexander-Arnold’s latest showing Crooks has compared the youngster to a legend of the game.

He told BBC Sport: “I don’t think I have seen a young lad with the ability to place a dead ball precisely where he wants it to go – and with such quality – since Glenn Hoddle.

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“Alexander-Arnold’s crosses and balls into the danger areas are having a devastating effect on the opposition.”

The highly-rated 21-year-old now has six assists to his name this season and looks a certainty for England in next summer’s European Championships.

 

His delivery into the box is excellent and Crooks is right to pinpoint the devastating effect on the opposition.

Crooks spent the last two years of his time at Tottenham in the same team as Hoddle.

Potential

The man who also managed Spurs played 53 times for England and as Crooks said was lethal from a dead ball situation.

Liverpool fans will hope that Alexander-Arnold can continue in such a rich vein of form as far as assists go.

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The Reds perhaps haven’t been as free-flowing this season but they are finding a way to win games that they would have perhaps drawn during 2018/19.

Given that England had David Beckham with a tremendous ability to whip a ball in, it’s perhaps interesting that Crooks as highlighted Hoddle as the last to be as efficient as Alexander-Arnold in that respect.

The potential in the youngster is frightening and the Liverpool star could become one of the best right-backs in world football.

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