Gary Neville hailed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s “extraordinary” celebration following his assist in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Arsenal.
Alexander-Arnold has proved the subject of fierce debate over recent weeks. The right-back missed out on the England squad, with manager Gareth Southgate pointing to his drop-off in form. As such, several pundits voiced their opinions over the snub. Furthermore, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insisted before Saturday’s match that he disagreed with the decision.
Indeed, Alexander-Arnold hit back in strong fashion at the Emirates Stadium.
The right-back delivered a fantastic cross for substitute Diogo Jota to head home Liverpool’s first goal.
He subsequently clenched his fists in celebration, with Neville in awe at the reaction.
The pundit, speaking during commentary on Sky Sports (9.22pm, April 3, 2021), said: “That celebration is an extraordinary one from Alexander-Arnold because he has been questioned this last week, being left out of the international team for where he has been in these last 12 months.
“It’s a real shock to everybody.”
However, fellow pundit Micah Richards insisted that Alexander-Arnold will not get straight back into the England squad simply through his attacking.
“He is never going to be a great one-on-one defender like [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka,” Richards told Sky Sports after the match.
“What he can do, you see Dani Alves, what he used to do, get really tight, press as soon as you can and don’t give the winger time to think about what they want to do.
“As soon as he can get that into his game, he’ll be back in the squad, no doubt at all.”
Gary Neville names Liverpool’s best player
Neville also said that midfielder Fabinho is Liverpool’s “best player”.
The Brazilian has formed a key role in the Reds’ midfield in the past two seasons, but the team have struggled since he stepped back into defence.
But with Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips looking defensively sound, Fabinho has move back up the pitch.
“He has been Liverpool’s best player, Fabinho” said Neville. “Outstanding player. Fabinho, not Firmino.
“But he has been really good, Fabinho. You think about the times Liverpool have lost him to being a makeshift centre-back. He has done well there.
“But in midfield. I think he’s the best in that position in the league. There are other good ones. I think of [N’Golo] Kante. Rodri and Fernandinho at Man City.
“Fabinho has been outstanding during these past 18 months in that holding role.”
Liverpool return to action on Tuesday, facing Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
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