Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kieran Trippier both started for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, respectively, in their first meeting since representing England at this summer’s World Cup.
In Russia, Alexander-Arnold played deputy to Trippier – eight years his senior.
Trippier had an excellent tournament, and deservedly received plaudits for his performances.
Yet, the question must start to linger over whether Alexander-Arnold deserves a crack at the starting right wing-back role for England.
The questions over whether a 19-year-old should be entrusted will inevitably flow, but there is no doubting the wonderful resume that he is putting together.
In one season, the Liverpool star went from a rotation option to a key component of Jurgen Klopp’s team that reached the Champions League final.
Meanwhile, Trippier’s form goes through more highs and lows. While a lot of the perception around him seems to be centered around his crossing and set-piece delivery rather than on his qualities as an all-round full-back.
Granted, he is a better crosser than Alexander-Arnold.
However, the brilliance of the youngster’s all-round game continues to be asterisked by the fact that he is 19.
Instead, his youth should be celebrated.
There is a chance to mould a 100-cap England international here, with a skill set that is flexible to a wide range of styles and structures largely due to his upbringing as a midfielder.
And this is not to discount Trippier, who is a good full-back – maybe even very good.
But Alexander-Arnold is also very good, and has elite-level potential to match and time on his side to take England to another three World Cups.