Sky Sports pundit admits £160,000/week Liverpool star and two Chelsea stars play role better than he did

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been praised for the way he is operating in the modern game with Gary Neville singing his praises for the way he, Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James operate at right-back.

Neither side was happy with the 2-2 draw that only benefitted Manchester City in the title race.

Both teams conceded further ground to the champions and now face an uphill battle to try and catch up to Pep Guardiola’s relentless side.

It’s not an impossible task but it’s close to being beyond both teams’ abilities.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Edouard Mendy of Chelsea interacts with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on January 02, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have what it takes but are struggling to field a team right now and even when able to, they are lacking the control needed. They’re not short on goals as Mohamed Salah has 23 this season, Sadio Mane has 10 and Diogo Jota has 12.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has 2 as well. Although that’s not what has fans giddy this season.

Just 21 games into the 2021/22 season, the Scouser has 12 assists. As a right-back. Joao Cancelo, often compared to him, has an impressive 7, while Reece James, who missed the Liverpool game through injury, has 6.

Alexander-Arnold, who earns £160,000/week, is the best right-back in the world and he’s only 23. He only stands to get better which blows me away.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Martin Tyler and Gary Neville were discussing the modern fullback role on the Gary Neville Podcast and Alexander-Arnold got a mention predictably.

“When it comes to the game itself, I was thinking to myself ‘how would I have played as a right-back in that match?’ I would have coped maybe because you adapt with fitness and stuff, but that’s a different level than I had to face 10, 11, 12 years ago,” Neville said.

“Yes, but you were never asked to play like Trent Alexander-Arnold were you?’ Martin Tyler asked.

“No, nor Reece James, nor Azpilicueta who is an experienced player who I used to play against. Azpilicueta the job he was asked to do at wing-back, that was a big ask. The game is quicker, the running is harder and they’re running faster.”

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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