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"He'll go down as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history" - Trent Alexander-Arnold heaps praise on Kevin De Bruyne

Ryan Sidle

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"He'll go down as one of the best midfielders in Premier League history" - Trent Alexander-Arnold heaps praise on Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne is still the best midfielder in the world right now, despite his World Cup travails, according to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

De Bruyne and his fellow Belgian players were expected to challenge to finally win some silverware, as their time as the so called 'Golden Generation' looked to be coming to an end.

They went into the World Cup still as the second ranked team in the world, but ended the tournament proving just how terrible FIFA's system to decide these things is.

They only just beat Canada, before losing to Morocco, thanks in part to a mistake from Thibaut Courtois, and then could only draw with Croatia, despite Romelu Lukaku's late chances.

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Whilst most fans thought Roberto Martinez's side would at least get through the groups, and had a chance to win the whole thing, De Bruyne was never convinced.

The Manchester City midfielder claimed that the team were too old and in the end it seems he was right, even if his teammate wasn't too impressed.

De Bruyne himself wasn't able to replicate the kind of form that he magics up in the Premier League, with some even claiming he's the 'worst big game player' in the world.

However, Liverpool start Alexander-Arnold still rates the Belgian as the world's best midfielder, and claimed he's in the top three in his position in Premier League history.

"De Bruyne is the best midfielder in the world, hands down," the England full back told talkSPORT.

"He keeps trying to sneak into my top three Premier League midfielders ever.

"I’ve never seen someone able to create like De Bruyne does. He will go down as one of the best midfielders in 'Prem' history for me."

Despite his poor World Cup, De Bruyne somehow managed to come away from it with a Player of the Match award from the game with Canada.

The North Americans outplayed their European opponents on the night and might have won it, had it not been for Alphonso Davies' missed penalty and a slew of other chances.

Former Chelsea man De Bruyne was humble enough to admit that he'd only been handed the award because it gave the media a chance to interview him.

After the match he said he'd only won because of his name, with Cristiano Ronaldo award win, during a tournament he's generally avoiding the media, a few days later rather confirming the theory.

De Bruyne was not happy at the World Cup. Image: Alamy
De Bruyne was not happy at the World Cup. Image: Alamy

The City star might not be too gutted to return home once the league season gets back under way, having already set up nine goals in the campaign so far.

Erling Haaland has been having a relaxing few weeks already whilst everyone else strains themself in Qatar.

With De Bruyne having now headed out of the Middle East, Pep Guardiola will have seen his two most destructive players had long rests, scary for everyone else.

Featured Image Credit: talkSPORT/Alamy

Topics: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Liverpool, Manchester City, Premier League, Football World Cup, Belgium

Ryan Sidle
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