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Liverpool Full Backs Compared To Brazil Legends Roberto Carlos And Cafu

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Liverpool Full Backs Compared To Brazil Legends Roberto Carlos And Cafu

Gary Neville has compared Liverpool duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson to the greatest full back pairing in football.

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Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have become as integral to the attacking plans of Liverpool as the incredible front three that Jurgen Klopp picks.

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Alexander-Arnold's goal scoring ability in particular has become a feature, with the full back's strike against Newcastle United recently worthy of a Steven Gerrard goal.

So good are the full backs as a pairing that Manchester United legend Neville has compared them to Brazil's iconic duo Roberto Carlos and Cafu.

The pair won the 2002 World Cup together, as well as the Copa America in 1997 and 1999, and Neville thinks the Liverpool pair are just as impactful.

"You're mentioning them in the same breath as probably the two greatest full-backs I've ever seen, Roberto Carlos and Cafu," Neville told Sky Sports.

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"For so many years they were the shining example. They transformed full-back play. I know there had been attacking full-backs before, the Liverpool teams of the 70s.

Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have become integral to Klopp's team. Image: PA Images
Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have become integral to Klopp's team. Image: PA Images

"But when you think of them as being an attacker first, defender second, contributing to free-kicks, attacks, crosses, every part of the game. They made full-backs a prominent part of the team.

"They were exceptional, but these two... I don't think I've seen two full-backs play in the Premier League that are as good as these two as a pair.

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"The way in which they combine on the pitch, the way they play the game, they're an absolute joy."

Cafu and Carlos are two of the greatest ever full backs. Image: PA Images
Cafu and Carlos are two of the greatest ever full backs. Image: PA Images

Neville, who is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to full backs, praised Robertson's consistency and all round ability, though he did point out his competitiveness had taken him over the edge during the weekend's draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Sky co-commentator and pundit went even further with his praise for Alexander-Arnold, comparing the 23-year-old to Kevin de Bruyne and David Beckham, for his delivery.

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The England full back hasn't always found a place in Gareth Southgate's team, though he was eventually chosen in the Euro 2020 squad before missing out due to an injury.

Klopp was unhappy when the right back played in central midfield earlier this season and surely Southgate will find room for him at right back when the squad is next chosen in March.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Liverpool, Premier League, Gary Neville, Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson

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