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Cafu labels Alexander-Arnold ‘one of the best right-backs in the world’

Brazil great Cafu feels he and “one of the best right-backs in the world” Trent-Alexander Arnold share many similarities, while he heaped praise on England’s transformation under Gareth Southgate.

Alexander-Arnold remains in contention for an unprecedented quadruple with Liverpool.

They have already won the EFL and FA Cup and face Real Madrid in the UCL final next Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side also heads into the final day of the Premier League season just a point behind leaders Manchester City, requiring a win against Wolves and hoping Pep Guardiola’s side falters against Aston Villa.

Alexander-Arnold has again been one of Liverpool’s stars this campaign, with his 120 chances created far ahead of any other defender in Europe’s top five leagues – David Raum in second has 88.

The England international also leads the way for assists in the same group this term.

With his 18 puts him three clear of Liverpool team-mate Andy Robertson.

Former right-back Cafu, who played most of his career in Serie A with Roma and Milan, was quick to hail Alexander-Arnold’s progress.

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Cafu labels Alexander-Arnold 'one of the best right-backs in the world'

He told BBC Sport:

“I have been following Alexander-Arnold and the campaign he has had at Liverpool.

“His progress over the last few years has been excellent, and he is one of the best right-backs.

“He is young, strong and has developed hugely considering his age.

“He also has a lot of experience, and I see a lot of similarities between him and myself.

“We both had a will and commitment to attack, to go forward.

“And have the boldness to shoot and to put the crosses in.

“The diagonal movements he makes on the pitch are similar to what I was making as a player.”

Alexander-Arnold will hope to carry his club form into international duty in the Nations League with England before aiming for World Cup glory in Qatar in November and December.

Southgate’s side made their first major final since 1966 by reaching the Euro 2020 showpiece.

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Cafu labels Alexander-Arnold 'one of the best right-backs in the world'

And Cafu credited the changes the England boss has overseen.

He added:

“I have been following England, and their national team’s evolution has been perfect under Southgate.

“Along with Portugal, I consider England as the team to have evolved most on the pitch in the last few years.

“They have a solid squad with individual players performing at a very high level for their clubs.

“This helps the national team, and their progress with their players means they have an excellent chance to go far in the [World Cup].

“If the England players listen to their coach as a group, they have a better chance of winning.”

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