Mark Lawrenson has raved about the quality of Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and claimed he spends extra hours in training perfecting his crossing.
The 21-year-old has risen from the academy system to key first-team player during the past couple of years and is now regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world, while teammate Andy Robertson is doing similar from left-back.
He’s helping to redefine the full-back position as a more attacking role and is such a creative threat for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The England international has played 40 games across all competitions so far this season for the Reds and managed an impressive 14 assists in return, as well as being part of a resilient defensive backline.
Alexander-Arnold takes a large portion of the set-pieces, plus he’s a constant threat down the right channel and loves to push forward.
Former Reds defender Lawrenson has given a glowing assessment of the Liverpool-born youngster.
“What Trent has done [as a full-back] is take it to a new level,” Lawrenson told FourFourTwo.
“It’s his mobility; his passing ability; his pace. His service from wide areas is fabulous. He gets his head up to have a look, and if on the odd occasion he doesn’t have time to do that, he’ll deliver right into the corridor of uncertainty.
“Trent practises every day, staying behind after training – and not just for a few minutes. We’re talking hours, setting up drills with players and coaches.”
Alexander-Arnold is unlike most defenders when it comes to his final ball in the attacking third and that’s why many have suggested he could end up long-term in a midfield role.
The £40,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is already delivering a massive output from wide areas in Klopp’s system and it would be a strange move to switch his position anytime soon.
He’s already achieved so much in his career aged just 21 and still has so much potential to keep improving as he gains more experience.