Barcelona star Dani Alves has shared his thoughts on who the best right-back in the world is – and explained what he thinks of Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold
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There aren’t many better full-backs in recent history than Dani Alves. So getting a compliment from the Brazilian in the same position carries weight.
And that’s exactly why Trent Alexander-Arnold got his shine Liverpool continues. The England international has been great since his debut.
At just 23 years old, Alexander-Arnold has already played and won well over 200 senior games for club and country First League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and World Club Championship. The fact that he’s played a crucial role in all of these teams also speaks volumes.
So much so that he has caught the attention of Alves, who has won just about everything in his fantastic career. Now back to Barcelona Under new coach and friend Xavi, the 38-year-old has had the opportunity to look at his successors.
The former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain star was asked which right-backs in the world he currently admires and Alexander-Arnold echoed that Chelsea Stars Reece James and Achraf Hakimi.
“I admire Trent Alexander-Arnold a lot,” Alves told FourFourTwo. “He’s a fantastic footballer – this guy has world-class skills.
“I also like to watch Reece James and Achraf Hakimi. They combine strength with technique and are also great players. The three obviously have different personality traits and styles – but they all know how to do it.”
As for Alexander-Arnold, the Englishman has admitted that Barcelona are his favorite club – apart from Liverpool, who he has been with throughout his professional career.
“I would say my favorite team would be Barca,” he said. “I feel like they have the same values and beliefs as Liverpool, they like to take players through the academy.
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“I grew up with Messi and this particular Barcelona team, with Iniesta, Xavi, Henry, Eto’o.”
The defender has been in fantastic form again this year and currently has 11 assists in the Premier League. That’s just two short of his best tally of 13, which he achieved in 2019/20 when Liverpool won the title.
If he can once again bring the Reds back to the top of the table with his assists, his name would be engraved at Anfield forever – if he isn’t already. Alexander-Arnold has grown into a dangerous weapon for Jurgen Klopp – along with Andy Robertson on the other flank.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-alexander-arnold-dani-alves-26579447 Dani Alves admires "world class" Trent Alexander-Arnold