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Gary Neville makes huge claim about Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, it's a controversial one

John McDougall

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Gary Neville makes huge claim about Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, it's a controversial one

Trent Alexander-Arnold rescued a point for Liverpool as they came from behind to draw against reigning treble winners Manchester City.

The hosts took the lead when Erling Haaland put Pep Guardiola's side ahead in the first half and the Etihad Stadium outfit looked on course for all three points, with Ruben Dias having a goal disallowed for a foul on Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson.

But right-back Alexander-Arnold got Liverpool back on level terms with 10 minutes remaining as Jurgen Klopp's side claimed a share of the spoils.

Arsenal lead the Premier League table following their win over Brentford, but City and Liverpool are second and third with just three points separating the trio of sides.

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Over the years, Alexander-Arnold has shown his quality going forwards with the goals, assists and set pieces he has delivered, becoming one of the most potent attacking weapons in Liverpool's arsenal.

However, there have always been question marks over his defensive abilities, something that was once again on show at the Etihad as he struggled at times to contain City's Jeremy Doku.

The 25-year-old has rarely been a regular for Gareth Southgate in the England team, too, with the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier often preferred in a right-back or wing-back role, with Alexander-Arnold currently having 23 caps since making his Three Lions debut in 2018.

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Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the equaliser against Man City. (Credit: Getty)
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the equaliser against Man City. (Credit: Getty)

Speaking after the game, Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville had his say on Alexander-Arnold.

And he made the very bold claim that he believes the Liverpool man has the potential to become the greatest right-back of all time, but needs to work on the defensive aspect of his game to complement his clear attacking prowess.

Neville said: "He's got the material to be the very best right-back of all time, but he is just going to have to be that little bit more serious about his defending, because currently he struggles to get into the England team.

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"He will need to, when Liverpool are under the cosh and England are under the cosh, be able to be a resilient, tough defensive player as well and that's something I think he can add to his game. I don't give up on the fact that he can be a very good defender.

"I think defending is not that difficult to learn, compared to the bit of his game that he has got."


Featured Image Credit: Getty / Sky Sports

Topics: Liverpool, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Neville, Manchester City

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