Jamie Carragher believes Trent Alexander-Arnold could evolve into a Kevin De Bruyne-type midfielder for Liverpool one day.
The 20-year-old England right-back has emerged as one of Jurgen Klopp‘s key players over the last 18 months and former Liverpool defender Carragher says he’s already a “superstar”.
“I saw him the Liverpool Academy and my son started there and was four, five years younger than him and Liverpool knew then they had a really good player,” Carragher told Nowergian TV before Wednesday’s game with Salzburg.
“Still there are very few players who you think will be superstars, but if you think about what he has achieved at this young age – a Champions League winner and another Champions League final. He’s probably one of the best young players in the world if you think about what he has done.
“If you talk about (Kylian) Mbappe and he’s won the World Cup, but as a defender and playing at this level and how important he is to the team, he is possibly the most creative player in the team from right full-back.
“He has a lot of responsibility at a young age and he’s not going to be a superstar, he is a superstar.
“His strengths are that he can handle the ball and he is the most creative player in the team, just look at his assists.”
Alexander-Arnold took his tally of goals and assists to one and three for the season, respectively, following Wednesday’s 4-3 win over RB Salzburg. This comes on the back of 16 assists last season and Carragher thinks he could eventually be Liverpool’s own De Bruyne, creating from a midfield role.
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“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne type player and he has more quality now that Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play,” added Carragher.
“But at the moment you wouldn’t think about moving position because he is playing so well.”
Asked about Alexander-Arnold’s weaknesses, he said: “Defensively at times he can be suspect and the opposition mayve think they can get at Liverpool there because he pushes forward so much.
“His positional player and focus needs to be 100% focused, but he’s probably thinking ‘I’ve got Van Dijk next to me so I’ll be ok’.”