Jamie Carragher has backed Trent Alexander-Arnold to surpass Gary Neville as the Premier League best ever right-back. The Liverpool star is well on his way to legendary status at Anfield, despite only breaking into the first team two-and-a-half years ago.
Alexander-Arnold and his team-mate Andy Robertson are revolutionising the full-back role as they rack up assists for the Reds with their pinpoint crossing and relentless energy down the flanks.
Now Carragher has claimed that the 21-year-old is destined to become one of the best to ever grace the Premier League.
“I think there is a young lad at Liverpool who will take that mantle from Neville [best right-back in Premier League history],” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I once said how people don’t grow up wanting to be Gary Neville but I think a lad from Liverpool will change that.”
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It was one of Carragher’s most famous lines since he started pundit in the 2013/14 season after retiring.
He made a jibe at Neville after Liverpool drew 2-2 with Swansea in September 2013, saying: “No one wants to be a full-back as a kid.”
“If you’re a full-back, you’re either a failed winger or a failed centre-back.”
Ed Chamberlin then asked Manchester United icon Neville: “Which are you?”
Neville replied: “Just failed!”
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Alexander-Arnold is second in this season’s Premier League assist table with 12, four behind Kevin De Bruyne.
He is also second in the chances created table, having calved out 75 openings, again only second to De Bruyne.
Now the England international is inspiring the next generation by putting a more attacking emphasis on the position.
Despite not actually buying Alexander-Arnold, Jurgen Klopp recently named him his best signing since arriving at Liverpool given the money he has helped the club save in the transfer market.
“It’s Trent [Alexander-Arnold],” Klopp told the Pure Football Podcast.
“We didn’t have to buy him but Pep Lijnders my assistant brought him around and said: ‘He played No.6 [role] for me. He played full-back, he played right wing, left wing’.
“Then he came and there was only one problem: Trent was not fit enough.
“But he was a kid so he was not fit enough but we saw immediately, wow, football wise no doubts.
“But [he was] not fit enough so we had to work on that. But then he made steps by himself that were really unbelievable and that was really nice to see.
“Then he made mistakes and didn’t give up.”
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