Pundit compares 21-year-old Liverpool FC star to Glenn Hoddle

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks likens Liverpool FC star Trent Alexander-Arnold to Glenn Hoddle

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Glenn Hoddle
Ex-England manager Glenn Hoddle (Photo: BT Sport)

Garth Crooks says Liverpool FC star Trent Alexander-Arnold is the first player since Glenn Hoddle that he has seen with such precise set-piece deliveries.

The Liverpool FC full-back has taken over dead ball duties since establishing himself as Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice right-back three seasons ago.

Alexander-Arnold found Virgil van Dijk with two precise deliveries from set-pieces to help the Netherlands international scored twice in a 2-1 win over Brighton.

The 21-year-old has scored one goal and has made five assists in 14 appearances in the Premier League this season to help Liverpool FC maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Alexander-Arnold scored his only Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge when the England international expertly executed a set-piece routine to break the deadlock in a 2-1 win.

Former Spurs forward Crooks likened Alexander-Arnold’s set-piece delivery to England legend Hoddle.

“I don’t think I have seen a young lad with the ability to place a dead ball precisely where he wants it to go – and with such quality – since Glenn Hoddle,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“Alexander-Arnold’s crosses and balls into the danger areas are having a devastating effect on the opposition.

“His two assists for Virgil van Dijk were just out of this world. The problem with free-kicks, and corners of course, is a defence can do very little about how they are taken.

“This local lad is proving to be a bit special. I just wish Liverpool fans would chant his name more. Even with a name like Trent Alexander-Arnold, it can’t be that difficult.”

Alexander-Arnold finished with one goal and 12 assists in the Premier League last season as Liverpool FC finished in second place in the title race a point behind champions Manchester City.

The Liverpool FC youth graduate is the youngest player to have featured in consecutive Champions League finals, winning the trophy back in June.

Alexander-Arnold completed 90 minutes in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win against Spurs in Madrid.

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