Gary Lineker was impressed by Trent Alexander-Arnold once again after the 23-year-old impressed against Watford. The full-back is ‘on another level’, according to the England great.
Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to Liverpool’s starting XI against Watford on Saturday. The international break did him good and he should finally get back to regular football.
It didn’t take too long for Liverpool to see what they’d been missing, either. Alexander-Arnold had a good game – with one particular stand-out moment.
A first-half pass really caught the eye. Mohamed Salah had made an excellent run in behind but the pass was extraordinarily difficult. Alexander-Arnold made it look easy, though, curling a first-time ball into the Egyptian’s path with the outside of his foot.
It was a brilliant piece of skill, prompting Gary Lineker to hail the Liverpool star on Twitter.
The passing of [Alexander-Arnold] is just utterly sublime,” wrote Lineker. “Will play a huge part in England’s progress over the next few years.
“He’s on another level and has to play.”
Alexander-Arnold vs Watford
Lineker is pointing out that Alexander-Arnold doesn’t have security in his England place, of course. It’s a fairly bizarre fact but he really doesn’t.
Despite everything he’s won over the last few years – and the records he’s broken in doing so – he’s still not guaranteed an England place.
We think he’s the world’s best right-back, though – in fact, it’s not clear who rivals him at this point. It’s quite clear that Lineker feels similarly as this is far from the first time he’s put Alexander-Arnold on a pedestal.
This was actually a fairly average performance from the 23-year-old, though. He ‘only’ created one chance as Liverpool relied on their front-three for creativity.
But that’s the level he’s at. Creating one chance and keeping a clean sheet is just a fairly routine day at the office for Alexander-Arnold. Lineker is right – the full-back is on another level to most.