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Garth Crook raves about Liverpool FC teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Garth Crooks has backed Liverpool FC starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold to blossom into an England international.

The Liverpool FC teenager was one of the Merseyside outfit’s standout performers in their 5-1 aggregate win against Premier League leaders Manchester City in their Champions League quarter-final.

Pep Guardiola looked to target the 19-year-old in both legs of the last-eight clash but Alexander-Arnold managed to tame Manchester City’s impressive Germany international Leroy Sane.

Alexander-Arnold continued his fine form with a brilliant assist to tee up Mohamed Salah to score his 30th Premier League of the season in a 3-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Saturday evening.

The England Under-21 international has scored two goals and has made two assists in 25 appearances in all competitions in the 2017-18 season so far.

Former Spurs forward Crooks tipped Alexander-Arnold to blossom into an England international in the near future following his standout performances for the 18-time English champions.

“I said a few weeks ago that the Champions League fixture against Manchester City would be a massive test for full-backs Andrew Robertson and Alexander-Arnold,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Both players came through the test with flying colours, but I didn’t expect Alexander-Arnold to have played himself into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans.

“His defensive play has been outstanding recently and the ball for Mohamed Salah to score his 40th goal of the season against Bournemouth was of the highest quality. A future full England international if ever I saw one.”

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table last season to secure a return to the Champions League after a two-season absence.

The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a club record £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.

The Dutchman has brought out the best in the teenage defender.

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