'Alexander-Arnold has made right-back sexy after Neville' - Carragher hails Gerrard-esque Liverpool star

goal.com, 13 July 2020, 06:01
The Reds legend has saluted the efforts of a home-grown star who has achieved what an iconic former captain never did - become a title winner

Trent Alexander-Arnold has made the role of right-back "sexy", says Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, with former Manchester United star Gary Neville having made the position "very unsexy".

Full-back is considered to be a position that few aspiring footballers grow up wanting to fill.

Headlines are difficult to make from such a berth, with greater emphasis placed on defensive strength than attacking flair.

More teams

Alexander-Arnold has, however, managed to blur those lines after stepping out of a famed academy system at Anfield.

At 21 years of age, a player being tipped to move up into a midfield post at some stage has shown that defenders can be stars at both ends of the field.

Alexander-Arnold has contributed seven goals and 34 assists to the Liverpool cause through 131 appearances, while claiming Champions League and Premier League crowns along the way.

Carragher believes the youngster has added a sense of style to a position that United great Neville failed to achieve, while also achieving what Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard never could by becoming a top-flight champion in England.

The Reds legend told the Liverpool Echo : "He looks a very level-headed lad, he's been brilliant, hasn't he?

"To be honest, he reminds me of Stevie Gerrard in some ways. Yes, they are good players at the academy but no-one could ever know for certain what could happen in the first team.

"Now Stevie was a great player as a kid but no-one would have said he would be the best midfielder in the world. And Trent may even be the best right-back in the world now. No-one would have said that when he was 16 or 17.

"They would have known they had a special player but sometimes when you go into the first team people just completely take off and before you know they are one of the top players in the world. And that is what has happened to Trent.

"I think he tells a story when he played against a winger against Manchester United when he was 15 or 16 and he was given a really tough time in a youth game and he'd never played there before and it was a position he was getting used to.

"That shows you the development and improvement in him. And he has just completely taken off now where he is the most creative player.

"He is the most creative player in the best team in Europe and he is a 21-year-old lad from Liverpool playing at right-back.

"It just shows you what he has actually done to the position. He has made the position sexy again shall we say after Gary Neville made it very unsexy!"

Top News
Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen Predictions & Tips Pires selects Man Utd and Arsenal icons as his hardest opponents at Arsenal Barcelona 'planning player-plus-cash bid for Bernardo Silva' Raheem Sterling: 'Manchester City are hungry for Champions League success' De Bruyne yet to match Yaya Toure's best season at Manchester City - Lescott Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Willian confirms exit, Blues face battle to sign Real Madrid defender, move considered for 'bargain' John Stones Carvalho: Mourinho hasn't lost his qualities, but players have more power now Inter must have no regrets in Europa League pursuit - Antonio Conte Mbappe could face Atalanta Neymar and Keylor Navas' juggling battle: Who has the better hands? Lewandowski threatens to break Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League record Transfer news LIVE: Atletico Madrid confirm two positive coronavirus tests ahead of Champions League quarter-final, Liverpool 'on brink of transfer', Jadon Sancho latest Balogun and Aribo shine as Rangers secure victory over St. Mirren Five talking points ahead of the Europa League quarter-finals Neil Lennon hoping Celtic can host KR Reykjavik in Champions League Five talking points from the Scottish Premiership this weekend Result: Alfredo Morelos breaks drought as Rangers beat St Mirren Result: Kilmarnock hold Celtic to score draw in Scottish Premiership Neil Lennon refuses to blame Christopher Jullien despite costly mistake Steven Gerrard delighted with Alfredo Morelos showing Wolves vs Sevilla Match Preview 'Liverpool were better last season' despite losing Premier League title race to Man City, says John Barnes who also makes stunning Istanbul claim Rhian Brewster 'to get first-team chance at Liverpool' Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez threatens Arsenal exit Micah Richards compares Man City target Kalidou Koulibaly to Eliaquim Mangala SM Football Shorts: Europa League, Champions League quarter-final predictions Liverpool set to hand Williams new five-year deal following first-team breakthrough Chelsea 'agree five-year deal for Kai Havertz' Manchester United 'close to completing Jadon Sancho deal' Sancho's trip to England no problem for Borussia Dortmund