Brazil legend backs Liverpool star TAA to become one of world’s best

Brazilian legend Cafu says Trent Alexander-Arnold can change the art of being a fullback, and has tipped him to be a contender for the Ballon d’Or in future. 

At just 22-years-old, Alexander-Arnold has been a Liverpool regular for a number of years. In fact, he is a key man in Jurgen Klopp’s set-up and is one of the main creative influences in the side.

The Scouser has already won a Champions League, Premier League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. He has also set a number of individual records, including most assists by a defender in a single season.

With plenty of progression still to be made, it is anticipated he is only going to get better in the years ahead.

And speaking to Sportsmail, Cafu was full of praise for the Liverpool defender, who has been compared to the two-time World Cup winner.

“I can see the similarities,” he said. “He’s not afraid to attack, defends well, good passer, hits a great free-kick. He will be a star at the next World Cup.”

Trent can win Ballon d’Or

Such is Cafu’s admiration of Alexander-Arnold, he even believes he could win the Ballon d’Or during his career.

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Only three defenders have won the award in the past, Fabio Cannavaro the last to do it in 2006.

But Cafu says players such as Alexander-Arnold can change the way defenders, in particular fullbacks, are perceived.

“He can take the position of right back to another level,” he said. “I think we’ve started changing the narrative, the way people view full backs.

‘It’s not just the goalscorer who should be the best player in the world. It is totally wrong that some great players never won the Ballon d’Or because of their position.

“Nowadays, full backs should be seen as the main protagonists in the game.”

Alexander-Arnold has eight goals and 38 assists in 149 games in his club career so far. Three of those assists have come in the current campaign.

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