TalkSPORT pundit and former England cricketer Steve Harmison has hailed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delivery after his cross led to Liverpool’s late winner in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening.
Harmison seemed hesitant to mention Alexander-Arnold in the same breath as David Beckham after his deft, low cross into the path of Roberto Firmino saw the Reds grab a dramatic winner to set up a Club World Cup final tie against Flamengo this weekend.
However, he argued that the 21-year-old deserves to be talked about so highly with regards to his delivery which sees him top Liverpool’s assists chart in the Premier League with six to his name.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Harmison suggested that Alexander-Arnold is well on his way to earning a reputation similar to that of Beckham after praising his performance in Qatar.
He said: “What a ball by Trent Alexander-Arnold. This kid’s just getting better and better. His delivery is, dare I say, Beckham-esque.
“I think he has to be talked in the [upper] echelons of delivering a football. Not as good as Beckham but getting there, because he’s still a young lad – and he made a difference when he came on.”
Alexander-Arnold’s crossing ability certainly seems to be the feather in his proverbial cap, with the youngster racking up the assists from wide areas since breaking through into the Liverpool side.
His match-winning cross on Wednesday took his tally for the calendar year to 20 – which is higher than any other Premier League player in all club competitions (via Opta).
Having recorded 28 assists throughout his Liverpool career to date, the fact that 24 of those have come since the start of the previous campaign suggests Alexander-Arnold looks to have made assisting a key asset of his game.
That can only enhance his chances of developing a reputation to deliver on the pitch in this way, with the England international showing no signs of stopping – so it seems Beckham may have some serious company in the years to come.
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