Trent Alexander-Arnold has been likened to Steven Gerrard by Rio Ferdinand, but he is his own player and is changing the way full-backs are considered in England.
The Scouser grabbed two assists against Atletico Madrid, a side widely considered as one of the best defensive units in the world, and nobody is surprised in the slightest.
That’s how good Trent Alexander-Arnold is. The Reds sat off the La Liga side once Felipe was sent off as they did against Manchester United when Paul Pogba was given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge on Naby Keita.
With Simeone’s men hacking the Reds with every challenge, it seemed as though Klopp warned his players to avoid unnecessary confrontations and simply kept the ball.
Sadio Mane, in particular, was the victim of some simply idiotic tackles from the Spanish opponents and, with referee Danny Makkelie not offering the Senegal international any protection, he was substituted at half-time.
If that hadn’t been the case, I think Trent, who reportedly earns £160,000 a week, may have completed his first-ever hat-trick of assists in Champions League football.
Rio Ferdinand was blown away by Trent and spared no praise for the 22-year-old while speaking on BT Sport after the game.
“Trent’s just got something about him in terms of the finesse, and the range and the different clubs in the bag,” he told BT Sport during a conversation about England’s right-back options.
“He’s a fabulous footballer. It’s because it’s Anfield as well, you liken him to a Steven Gerrard almost.”
He is the best right-back in the world and, while Reece James has been fantastic for Chelsea this season, I still think Alexander-Arnold edges him purely for his ability to win games on his own.
Dani Alves and Philipp Lahm are the only right-backs I’ve ever watched that had the ability to run a game from full-back, and Trent is showing that he can mix it with some of the greatest to ever play the game.