It’s a little word to Gareth to say ‘put me on that squad’: Darren Bent greets Trent Alexander-Arnold after his ‘quality’ winner against Aston Villa under the watchful eye of England boss Southgate
Darren Bent has stated that Trent Alexander-Arnold has delivered a ‘small word’ to England manager Gareth Southgate after his fantastic late winner against Aston Villa.
The Reds right back curled up from the edge of the penalty area in a 91st-minute attack to secure all three points against Dean Smith’s side after Mo Salah canceled Ollie Watkins’ opener.
Alexander-Arnold struggled with inconsistent form this season and was dropped from Southgate’s most recent national team.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (right) curled in a beautiful goal for Liverpool in the 91st minute
The attack by the right back ensured all three points for Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday
But former England striker Bent believes his goal will come as a timely reminder of his talents for Southgate, who watched Anfield on.
He said after the game on Sky Sports: ‘It’s unbelievable. He somehow manages to dodge all the defenders in there, Martinez is quality too, but it’s a quality attack.
With the England manager there, it’s a quick word to Gareth to say ‘put me on the next squad’.
Darren Bent believes the goal was a message to on-watching English boss Gareth Southgate
Southgate dropped him from his last squad ahead of Kyle Walker (second left) and Kieran Trippier (right)
Fellow expert Graeme Souness added: “Alexander-Arnold didn’t have the best games, but winning the game from him is a great blow.
He thinks ‘I’m out of position, should I go back’, but he stays up. He gets the ball out of his feet and that’s a great shot. He has a ridiculously good right foot. Great, great winner. ‘
Sportsmail reported on Friday that Watford forward Troy Deeney stated England ‘cannot afford’ to go full back for the postponed Euro 2020 tournament this summer.
In turn, Liverpool will host Real Madrid at Anfield on Wednesday in their Champions League quarter-final return leg, looking for a 3-1 deficit, while Aston Villa entertains Manchester City in the Premier League, also on Wednesday.