'Because he's the best': Merson rates Liverpool player as England standout on eve of World Cup
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'Because he's the best': Merson rates Liverpool player as England standout on eve of World Cup

Paul Merson rates Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold as the best passer that England have. He must start at the World Cup.

Paul Merson rates Trent Alexander-Arnold as the standout passer in England. The pundit belives Liverpool’s right-back simply must start for his country at the World Cup because of it.

Merson gave his opinion to Sky Sports as their pundits picked England’s starting XI against Iran. The former Arsenal player went with a 4-3-3 system, using Alexander-Arnold as his right-back.

“I have to play Trent Alexander-Arnold because he’s the best passer in the country,” he said.

Alexander-Arnold isn’t expected to start at the World Cup, however. In fact, there was a major debate over whether he’d even get in the squad. Gareth Southgate eventually picked the Scouser – but there’s little suggestion that he’d pick him as first choice.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best passer around

We don’t think there’s any question whatsoever that Alexander-Arnold is England’s best passer. We’re assuming Merson means the national team, anyway – Kevin De Bruyne certainly gives him a run for his money in the Premier League.

But as far as England is concerned, Alexander-Arnold is the best. He’s a wonderfully creative player at his best and capable of consistently pulling off extraordinary passes. There aren’t any other full-backs on the planet who can do what he does.

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Is that enough to start for England? We doubt it. There’s a fixation on what Alexander-Arnold is weak at, rather than what he’s brilliant at. While Roberto Carlos feels he’d get into the XI for tournament favourites Brazil, Liverpool’s no.66 may not even be second-choice to play right-back in a 4-3-3 for England.

He possibly drops all the way to fourth choice if Reece James were available. That’s the bizarre situation with the national team.

We’d start him without a question, of course, but Southgate almost certainly doesn’t. At the very least, he’d return relatively fresh for the second half of the season. Perhaps we should be grateful.

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