Roy Keane hails Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold as ‘brilliant’


Roy Keane hails Trent Alexander-Arnold as ‘brilliant’ as the ex-Man United captain insists the Liverpool defender has helped the full back position become ‘so important’

  • Liverpool secured all three points against Crystal Palace with a 3-1 victory 
  • Following the game, Roy Keane praised right back Trent Alexander-Arnold 
  • The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season, registering 10 assists so far 
  • The pundit said the defender had to be ‘brave’ to get into the positions he did


Roy Keane has hailed Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold as brilliant and claimed that he has changed the perception of full backs.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season so far, scoring two goals registering 10 assists in the Premier League this term. 

Thanks to his brilliant form the England international is on track to break his own record of 13 assists by a defender in a single league campaign, which came in 2019-20.

Roy Keane (pictured) claimed that the defender has changed the perception of full back.

Roy Keane (right) has hailed Liverpool right back Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) as brilliant

Earlier this month, Alexander-Arnold even made Premier League history, becoming the first defender to ever reach double figures for assists in three separate seasons.

Following the Reds’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday, Keane piled the praised on the Liverpool native, with the former Manchester United captain claiming that Alexander-Arnold has made the full back role one of the most important in the modern game.

‘Absolutely brilliant,’ Keane told Sky Sports. ‘What a player. Fantastic. The stats are absolutely brilliant, brilliant player, local lad bet he can’t believe his luck. [The] chances he creates, the assists- unbelievable.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season so far, registering 10 assists in the league

The 23-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season so far, registering 10 assists in the league 

‘[He] looks like a good athlete, a decent lad, a brilliant player and we all get excited about attacking players but to get excited about a full-back it’s how the game’s changed over the last few years. The full-backs are so important.

 ‘The assists and positions he gets himself in, he’s brave, got a lot of courage – what a brilliant player.’

Alexander-Arnold also teed up Diogo Jota for his double against Arsenal as Liverpool booked their place in the Carabao Cup final last Thursday. 

Following, the Reds’ semi-final triumph Alexander-Arnold also had Arsenal legend Paul Merson singing his praises. 

Hw provided the two assists for Diogo Jota's (left) brace in the Carabao Cup semi-final

Hw provided the two assists for Diogo Jota’s (left) brace in the Carabao Cup semi-final

‘He’s phenomenal,’ Merson told Sky Sports. ‘People say, “he can’t defend”. Why do you have to defend when you go forward like he does?

‘To put up the figures and the assists that he gets is just mind-blowing, absolutely mind-blowing.

‘Some of the balls that he plays, the weight of pass – everything he picks out he composes himself, never panics. That ball was David Beckham.

‘If you’d have just had a look at his feet there and nothing else, you’d of thought it was David Beckham.

‘He’s not even our England right-back. We’re blessed.’

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