Cafu: Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold ‘has what it takes’ to win Ballon d’Or

Brazilian legend Cafu has revealed his opinion that Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold possesses the qualities required to win the Ballon d’Or.

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English international Alexander-Arnold has emerged as one of the most important members of Liverpool’s squad over the last couple of seasons.

Despite his tender years, the 21-year-old has already established himself as the Reds’ undisputed first-choice right-back.

Question marks, at times, remain over Alexander-Arnold’s defensive positioning, though this is an aspect of his game which does appear to be improving.

What makes the youngster such a special player, however, is undoubtedly his ability going forward.

Alexander-Arnold stands as one of the finest crossers of the ball in world football, with his wand of a right foot and incredible engine having seen the Reds youth product rack up a host of crucial goals and assists over the last 2 seasons.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final second leg match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Anfield on May 07, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Since the beginning of the 2018 campaign, Alexander-Arnold has notched a staggering 28 assists.

‘A great player’

And, as outlined above, one of the game’s greatest ever right-backs has today revealed his admiration for Liverpool’s gifted stopper.

The player in question is Brazilian icon Cafu.

Speaking in an interview with the Mirror earlier today, former AC Milan man Cafu was drawn on Alexander-Arnold’s talents, with the 49-year-old having gone on to explain:

‘I think Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, no doubt about it. He’s a great player – and I would say he has the same characteristics as I did.’

‘He has got big potential. He is strong and skilful, he really takes the game forward and he’s a player who sets up goals for Liverpool.’

‘I would say he’s got a Brazilian instinct in the way he plays.’

‘My advice for him is ­simple: just keep doing what you have been doing for the last few years.’

‘Alexander-Arnold shouldn’t change his way of playing. Even if he makes mistakes, he should carry on doing what he’s doing.’

Cafu even went as far as to suggest that Alexander-Arnold possesses the necessary qualities to clinch the Ballon d’Or, adding:

‘I think he has what it takes to become a Ballon d’Or winner.’

‘We have to change this paradigm where the Ballon d’Or is only won by attackers and strikers.’

‘People have to see that defenders are just as important as attackers.’

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