Former England international Gary Lineker has made an exciting prediction regarding the future of Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The BBC and BT Sport pundit has called for the Ballon d’Or nominee to become the best player in Jurgen Klopp’s world-conquering squad.
Alexander-Arnold, 21, has become a world star under the tutelage of the FIFA Coach of the Year. The young scouser has emerged as one of the deadliest full-backs in Europe having boasted 26 assists since the start of last season – more than any other Premier League player.
The Englishman became the youngest player ever to start back-to-back Champions League finals and was the inspiring figure in one of the competitions greatest ever comebacks after his quick-thinking corner supplied the winning goal to Divock Origi in Liverpool’s 4-0 semi-final second-leg victory against Barcelona.
In the midst of a squad that contains the likes of UEFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson Becker, African Player of the Year Sadio Mane as well as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – Alexander-Arnold has been tipped to surpass them all as Klopp’s No.1 rated player.
The Match of the Day host has predicted that the academy graduate will emerge ahead of his Liverpool peers as the best player of the current Reds generation.
“Trent [Alexander-Arnold] came through the academy and he’s going to be the best of the lot,” Lineker told The Guardian.
“They’ve got lots of special players, particularly up front with the big three. But Trent is very special.
“He’s one of those players I watch every game and see three or four things from him that I go: ‘Oh my God.’
“Like the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona with that quick corner. What a remarkable thing for a kid to do – to have that gall and bravery against some of the world’s best players. That could’ve ended up looking stupid but he’s smart.
“I interviewed him a year ago at his home. He was very shy and you can be kidded by a soft scouse accent but this kid’s really intelligent.”
What RTK has to say
It’s difficult to argue with Lineker when you consider the player Alexander-Arnold could transform into if he continues his remarkable rise in the professional game.
It’s just over two years ago since the Liverpool youngster made his debut in the Carabao Cup and he has never looked back since.
Undoubtedly the club’s best academy graduate since Steven Gerrard, Alexander-Arnold has become a star figure in a squad that is littered in world-class talent.
Alexander-Arnold has transformed the role of the modern full-back and has become Liverpool’s most creative outlet in the team – only Kevin de Bruyne and Emiliano Buendía have created more chances in the Premier League this season.