Rio Ferdinand hits nail on head with Trent Alexander-Arnold observation

Rio Ferdinand ran out of superlatives for Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old defender has made ten appearances for the Reds in all competitions this season, and has held his own in some massive games against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Napoli to name but a few.

He’s quickly making a name for himself as a first team player, and was a hot topic of discussion in the BT Sport studio ahead of the match at Anfield.

Both Ferdinand and former Liverpool star Steve McManaman had plenty of positive things to say about the youngster, with the ex-Red Devils centre-back praising the player’s confidence and acknowledging the confidence his team-mates have in him.

"This is against Neymar, and he had him in his pocket," said Ferdinand, while watching a short clip of the defender in action against Paris Saint-Germain.

"He gets forward and he shoots, he takes free-kicks as a teenager in the Champions League. That tells you he’s not only got the confidence in himself, his team-mates have confidence in him and that is huge.

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McManaman added: "He’s a great kid, and over the last few years I have seen him in the academy, of course, and his progression, and his level of progression, It’s been so quick. And his willingness to keep on working.

"He works hard and the sky is the limit for him, it really is, if he keeps on progressing the way he is."

John Arne-Riise was also full of praise for the youngster, but named another Liverpool defender who has caught his eye this season.

He said: "I really like the back-four that they are playing tonight, for me it is the strongest. It’s all down to the Virgil van Dijk signing, he changed everything in the team."

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