Trent Alexander-Arnold has been waxing lyrical about his England teammate Raheem Sterling today.
Sterling infamously left Liverpool for Manchester City back in 2016, when Alexander-Arnold was still in the Reds’ academy.
The pair are now teammates at international level and are in the Three Lions squad for the current international break.
Alexander-Arnold has been speaking to the Guardian ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
When asked about the shameful racist abuse suffered by the England players, Sterling in particular, in last week’s game against Hungary, he said: “I didn’t really hear anything offensive or aggressive.
“If things did go on, it’s up to FIFA to deal with.”
He continued to speak about Sterling, saying: “The way Raheem’s evolved from a boy to a man has been spectacular. He’s a role model for everyone around the country. A role model for me, definitely.
“Raheem’s turned himself into a world-class player and a world-class person.”
What could have been: Alexander-Arnold and Sterling Liverpool partnership
While the majority of Liverpool fans are not huge fans of Raheem Sterling due to the circumstances of his exit, there is no denying how good a player or person he is.
We cannot argue with Alexander-Arnold in that respect.
Yes, he could have handled his Liverpool exit better. But he has become a role model in the fight for equality and deserves credit for that.
It would be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp’s team would look right now had Sterling not been sold.
Would we have signed Sadio Mane if Sterling never left? Would Liverpool have won the Champions League and Premier League with the Englishman in his place?
We reckon that Sterling would have had a fair few goals from Alexander-Arnold assists. He thrives off of low, driven crosses into the box, which is what the 22-year-old excels in.
However, we are quite happy with Mane there instead.
Perhaps we will see more of Alexander-Arnold and Sterling playing together for England.