Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold is the "finished article" despite being only 21 years of age, and doesn't need to be able to defend due to his ability going forward. That's according to Reds icon Steve Nicol.
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The right-back has been one of Jurgen Klopp's standout players throughout an unbelievable campaign, and has been touted for both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.
Liverpool have the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just 21 times in 29 league games.
And Alexander-Arnold has played a huge role in that feat, having started in 28 of those 29 games.
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Liverpool defender Trent-Alexander-Arnold has been compared to Dani Alves (Image: GETTY) His ability going forward has been widely praised, too.
Alexander-Arnold has found the net twice and provided 12 assists, behind only Manchester City attacker Kevin de Bruyne - who has 16.
And Nicol believes the youngster is similar to Barcelona legend Dani Alves, who transitioned into being a midfielder late in his career.
Speaking on ESPN FC , he praised the impact the youngster has had this season.
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"Going forward he's the finished article, he's the finished article.
"It took Dani Alves until his mid 20s to be the best right-back in the world.
"But right now, Trent is the best right-back in the world, and he's 21 years old.
Steve Nicol wasn't a fan of Trent Alexander-Arnold's defending (Image: GETTY) Trending READ MORE Liverpool news LIVE: Real Madrid transfer plan could help Jurgen Klopp "Again I'll use Dani Alves as the perfect example for Trent because they've got the same flaw.
"They're not great at one-on-one defending, but what they do going forward makes up for any inefficiencies defensively.
"Trent Alexander-Arnold going forward is that good, he's the best in Europe."