Rio Ferdinand loses his patience while defending under-fire Liverpool star

Rio Ferdinand posted a clip to his Twitter account of him defending Trent Alexander-Arnold in the debate of who is the best English right-back.

The former Manchester United centre-back was losing his patience with Stephen Howson and Joel Beya as they flat out refused to consider Alexander-Arnold as an option for England’s squad for the EUROs.

The Liverpool fullback was inexplicably dropped by Gareth Southgate for the recent FIFA World Cup qualifiers and was defended by manager Jurgen Klopp, who labelled the 22-year-old as a world-class operator.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 03: ( THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT ) Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on April 03, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Alexander-Arnold was Man of the Match against Arsenal in a defiant performance that saw him assist the winning goal as he ran the match from right-back, making 94 touches!

Ferdinand was arguing with Stephen Howson and Joel Beya, who essentially refused to admit that Alexander-Arnold is a good player because they believe he’s awful at defending which is the biggest myth.

Out of Aaron Wan Bissaka, Reece James and Kieran Trippier, none has a better track record against Europe’s premier players.

Trent locked down Cristiano Ronaldo in a Champions League final, kept Leroy Sane quiet in a Champions League quarter-final as well as putting in brilliant performances against Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the way to winning the tournament.

While it’s true that the likes of James, Wan Bissake, Trippier and Kyle Walker are good defenders, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right back in the world and it’s all due to the fact that he bosses the game from fullback.

That’s something that only the likes of Dani Alves, Philipp Lahm and Joshua Kimmich have done at the highest level. If Gareth Southgate leaves him at home for the EUROs, he’ll be putting a nail in his own coffin if England underperform.

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

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