Gary Neville delivers verdict on Liverpool youngster: He stopped Anthony Martial
The Manchester United legend has his say on Liverpool debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold
Gary Neville has praised Trent Alexander-Arnold for avoiding the same fate as Carl Jenkinson after the teenager made his debut in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp gambled on the 18-year-old full-back as Alexander-Arnold was drafted into Liverpool’s starting line-up in the absence of injured England international Nathaniel Clyne for the trip to their bitter rivals.
The teenager was tasked with keeping France forward Anthony Martial under wraps as Liverpool looked to extend their unbeaten run to seven games in the Premier League.
And Alexander-Arnold completed three successful tackles and made 10 clearances as he helped Liverpool withstand Manchester United’s aerial bombardment in the second half.
Referencing Jenkinson’s forgettable performance in Arsenal’s 8-2 defeat at Manchester United in 2011, ex-Red Devils defender Neville felt that Alexander-Arnold deserved praise for coming through a tough assignment at Old Trafford.
“He did well. Before the game, I said it was incredibly leap of faith in him and and incredible lack of faith in the others that he can’t bring them in,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“I was worried about him a little bit. It’s a hell of a ground for a young player. It can eat you alive. Especially young players for home or away sides.
“Remember Carl Jenkinson a few years ago. It was 8-2. It was his second Premier League game and his first away game was here at Old Trafford. He got sent off. He had a terrible afternoon for him. He suffered the impact of that.”
Neville continued: “The young boy has come in and he has played against Martial, Rooney and Mkhitaryan – some fantastic characters. He has done really well and he will be proud.
“I’m sure Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool players and the fans will be proud. He got through the game well and he handled Martial who we didn’t see too much of.”
Liverpool are in third place in the Premier League table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea after 21 games.