Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch believes Trent Alexander-Arnold has a similar passing range to Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.
Alexander-Arnold produced another starring display in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Genk on Tuesday night. The England international continues to show his impressive range of passing and sublime crossing skills.
In that respect, Crouch believes Alexander-Arnold is “right up there” with two ex-Liverpool greats he played with. Alonso and Gerrard – widely regarded as two of the best passers of their generation – are players that Alexander-Arnold is emulating, according to Crouch.
The ex-England striker, who scored 42 goals for Liverpool, admitted that he would have loved to have Alexander-Arnold’s service coming in from right-back.
Crouch on Alexander-Arnold
Crouch told BT Sport (quotes via The Liverpool Echo): “I would have paid good money to have played with this lad. Some of the crosses he puts in are outstanding. The full-backs are superb in this Liverpool team and he is a standout player.
“I have played with some top passers at Liverpool in (Steven) Gerrard and (Xavi) Alonso but he is right up there. He started (his career) in midfield and some of his range of passing is top class. The delivery is first class and he doesn’t always have to get to the byline. He gets in deep positions and whips it across the face (of the goal). Strikers drool over that kind of delivery.”
Alexander-Arnold’s range of passing is so impressive for a player of his age. He is only going to get better – whether he stays at right-back or moves to midfield.
As a striker, you want a player who has the vision to see a pass, the intelligence to know when to play it and the ability to execute the delivery. At just 21, Alexander-Arnold already has all three of these qualities.