Trent Alexander-Arnold has been compared to David Beckham for his crossing ability after helping Liverpool to an emphatic 3-0 win at Arsenal with Gareth Southgate told that he will have “no choice” but to recall him if he keeps up such form.
The Reds home-grown hero was surprisingly omitted from the England squad for last week’s trio of World Cup qualifiers.
After the selection was made, an article in the Athletic stated that Alexander-Arnold’s omission had “been greeted with sense of shock and bemusement at Liverpool ”; where he was among the players given time off on the assumption he would be representing his country.
It was added that the 22-year-old was understood to be “devastated” at missing out, with Jurgen Klopp regarding him as one of Liverpool’s standout performers since December.
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Alexander-Arnold produced the perfect response to his Three Lions snub though, providing the assist for Diogo Jota’s opening goal at the Emirates and his display earned him the praises of former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy.
Hailing the right-back’s display, Murphy told Match of the Day : “Tremendous mental strength and character from a young man, a young player – he could’ve felt sorry for himself.
“There have been a lot of opinions on who should play in the first 11, I don’t think anybody was surprised that he might not start, but to not be in the squad was a real shock.
“You’ve got to let the pictures do the talking: he consistently makes fantastic choices in the final third of the pitch.
“This is from a full-back, a young man, who, every time he gets in there is calm and he picks the right pass.
“He’s actually a match-winner as a full-back on so many occasions.”
Murphy added: “Today, it was deadlocked at 0-0 and a moment of brilliance opened up this Arsenal team who sat deep.
“The actual one that got the breakthrough and the goal for Jota, who did brilliantly when he came on as a substitute by the way, that is a phenomenal cross.
“I’ve only ever seen David Beckham cross the ball like Trent and as I said, he deserves great credit because some players would have let it get to them, a lot of eyes on him today.
“I also have to say Jurgen Klopp went to a 4-2-4, took Robertson off and tried to win the game, so credit to him for that.
“But a brilliant reaction from a superb player and if he keeps playing like that, then Gareth will have no choice than to bring him back in.”