Rio Ferdinand has told BT Sport (broadcast on 17/2; 22:10) that few full-backs in the world are better passers of the ball than Trent Alexander-Arnold following the Liverpool defender’s display in their Champions League win on Tuesday.
The Reds have put themselves in a fantastic position in their last 16 tie. Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 2-0.
It was a night in which several members of Jurgen Klopp’s men stepped up and produced brilliant performances. And Alexander-Arnold was one of those.
The 22-year-old has endured a difficult time of late. He has come in for quite a bit of criticism – and much of that has arguably been undeserved given what he has already achieved in his career.
But he seems to have started to silence his doubters. And he impressed once again this week. As shown by Whoscored.com, he completed four key passes in Budapest. No player on either side managed more.
Jordan Henderson meanwhile, was the only Liverpool player to complete a greater number of accurate passes than Alexander-Arnold over the course of the evening.
And that prompted Ferdinand to suggest that he looked much better as he analysed his display after the game.
“You see some of the passes there, some midfielders would struggle to make those passes. I thought positionally today, most of the time he was fine,” he told BT Sport.
“But when you look at him high up the pitch with the ball, there aren’t many better full-backs in the world who can pass the ball like he does in that area. So long may that continue that he keeps playing and passing forward.
“People forget he’s still a young kid in terms of experience. Huge talent.”
It is bizarre how Alexander-Arnold’s critics seem to ignore what he has achieved when attempting to write him off.
The academy graduate has already won more honours than many good players get near during an entire career. And he has had a prominent role in all of the success Liverpool have enjoyed under Klopp.
The 22-year-old’s form was always likely to dip at some stage. But there have been glimpses that suggest that he is now getting back to his best.