Danny Murphy has compared Trent Alexander-Arnold to David Beckham following his match-winning display in Liverpool ’s win over Arsenal.
The ex-Reds midfielder also backed the 22-year-old right back to bounce back from the recent disappointment of being dropped by England to fight his way back into Gareth Southgate’s plans.
Premier League champions Liverpool ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Emirates, courtesy of two Diogo Jota strikes either side of Mohamed Salah’s 26th goal of the season.
However, despite their dominance, the first goal didn’t arrive until the second half and came courtesy of a stunning Alexander-Arnold cross from the right to pick out the head of substitute Jota at the far post.
“A moment of brilliance opened up this Arsenal team that sat deep,” said Murphy on BBC’s Match of the Day. “One of many, but the one that actually got the breakthrough for Jota, that is a phenomenal cross.
“And as I’ve said before, I’ve only ever seen David Beckham cross the ball like Trent. He deserved great credit because some players would have let it [England rejection] get to them.
“Brilliant reaction from a super player and if he continues playing like that Gareth will have no choice but to put him back in.”
Alexander-Arnold was left out of the latest Three Lions squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland, with Southgate claiming it was due to the player’s dip in form this season.
The decision came after Liverpool’s struggles this campaign, which saw the defending champions sitting down in eighth place in the league before the win over Arsenal.
Murphy believes that despite his struggles, Alexander-Arnold is too talented a player for the England boss to ignore completely.
“I don’t think any of us were surprised that he might not start but to not be in the squad was a real shock,” he added. “He consistently makes fantastic choices in the final third of the pitch.
“Every time he gets in there he’s calm and picks the right pass. He’s actually a match winner as a full-back on so many occasions.”