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Jamie Carragher calls out Gary Neville immediately after Trent Alexander-Arnold goal

Jamie Carragher wasted little time in calling out Gary Neville after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late goal in Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

The Reds looked like they were heading for further frustration at Anfield with the scores level heading into injury time on Saturday.

But Alexander-Arnold came up with a moment of magic with a late curling strike to give the Reds their first home league victory since December and reignite their hopes of finishing in the top four.

Carragher and Neville clashed in the Sky Sports studio earlier this week over whether or not the full-back should be included in Gareth Southgate’s England starting 11 for the Euros this summer after a largely disappointing season, with Neville seeming far from convinced by the player’s defensive abilities.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold's late goal handed Liverpool a win against Aston Villa
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s late goal handed Liverpool a win against Aston Villa

And just seconds after Alexander-Arnold’s shot hit the back of the net in front of the watching Southgate, Carragher reignited the feud on co-commentary duties by shouting: “Are you watching Gary Neville?”

It remains to be seen if Southgate was sufficiently impressed by the 22-year-old’s performance, but there is genuine doubt over whether he will even make the squad for the summer after he was left out in the recent World Cup qualifiers.

Alexander-Arnold had another night to forget in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday, making a big mistake for Madrid’s second.

But he was much improved against Villa, and it remains to be seen if he can continue that form for the remainder of the season.

Jamie Carragher immediately name-checked Gary Neville after the goal
Jamie Carragher immediately name-checked Gary Neville after the goal

Gary Lineker also had his say at full-time, insisting Alexander-Arnold deserved to be in the Three Lions team.

He tweeted: “The advantages of this incredibly talented young man’s play going forward far outweigh the occasional naivety in his defending. He does things only the truly great fullbacks in history can do. I’m sure Gareth will see sense.”

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