Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville greet Trent Alexander-Arnold “out of this world” after the victory of West Ham
“It’s like De Bruyne is right back … the best playmaker is right back from West Derby”: Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville full of awe for “out of this world” Trent Alexander-Arnold after the lead role in the comeback victory of Liverpool West Ham
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher greeted Trent Alexander-Arnold “out of this world” after Liverpool’s 3-2 comeback win over West Ham.
The 21-year-old delivered a pinpoint cross for Georginio Wijnaldum to give the Reds a ninth minute lead, but West Ham turned the game on its head thanks to goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals.
Liverpool would not be refused. Mohamed Salah reached a level before Alexander-Arnold gave Sadio Mane an easy tap; the 24th full-back assist since the start of the 2018-19 season.
“What makes him special is that it is as if De Bruyne is standing on the right, like a midfielder on the right,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“People talk about his defense, but what he does – like Beckham on wing-back under Hoddle because of his quality – is Alexander-Arnold like a wing-back with the positions he plays.
Neville added, “What staggers me is that they don’t have two big attackers with many headers, but Mane and Salah score headers because the quality is so good.
‘If the quality is so good and the speed of the run, you get opportunities, the quality is out of this world.
The form book pointed to a routine home win for Liverpool, but after the mid-week defeat by Atletico Madrid, they were out of trouble.
Their deadly front three fell below their remarkably high standards and Alexander-Arnold’s ability dragged the Reds to an 18th consecutive Premier League win.
“That match was over corners of West Ham and Alexander-Arnold crosses,” Carragher continued. “That was just a threat from Liverpool.
‘Think of the best in his position, think of Cafu or Dani Alves, they were world class, bombing in line, crosses inside, but he is running the game for his team. The best playmaker is a right back from West Darby. “
Alexander-Arnold is invaluable for this Liverpool team and the right back offered insight into his attacking game during his post-match interview.
“We are an attacking party, want to create opportunities, score goals and hurt the opposition, so the best way to do this is to get players moving forward.
‘I do a little bit of both, hitting the player and an area with crosses, of course if you get the ball and think about it or cross it, see if anyone is in the box and see where runs are made , hit areas and tell attackers to attack.
“That’s what I was trying to do, get balls in boxes, and when you get the ball wide, you have a little time to get the ball out of your feet and go over it.
“I do what I can to help the team and that’s the way we all think.”
Liverpool now needs a maximum of 12 points from 11 games to win their first top title since 1990.