Former Tottenham and England striker Peter Crouch has stated that Trent Alexander-Arnold should be England’s number one right-back following the defender’s performance against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The 23-year-old who missed Euro 2020 in the summer due to injury, assisted both Liverpool goals in their 2-0 win at Anfield on Wednesday. His perfect cross in the 13th minute found Diogo Jota to head home Liverpool’s first goal before again assisting Sadio Mane to put the Reds two goals up.
Following his performance, Crouch said that the Liverpool defender should be ahead of the rest in the race for England’s starting position at right-back.
“Yeah, he is [my first-choice right back],” Crouch told BT Sport.
“I just think his quality going forward, his control and delivery is incredible. I love Reece James. We have plenty of good right-backs but for me, Trent is the best.”
After the match, Alexander-Arnold himself spoke about his partnership with Mohamed Salah on the right-hand side as well as the victory.
“It was an important one for us – every game is important but we stuck to our game plan,’ he said.
“We got those early goals. We have learnt our lesson from Madrid when we were 2-0 up. We were able to see it through and dominate the game.
“We know what type of team they are. They like to suck you into their way of playing, but we kept the ball, kept it moving quickly and scored two very good goals.
“Me and Mohamed Salah have a really good understanding at the moment and Jordan Henderson pushing up with Fabinho back in the team was a big help for us. We tried to get on the ball and create things.
“With the form our good players are in, we just tried to get the ball to them and I think we did that.”