Jose Mourinho has turned quite a few heads with his latest comments.
The 55-year-old hailed newly-signed Diogo Dalot as the ‘best full-back in Europe from his age group’. Mourinho added that the 19-year-old ‘is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club’.
Liverpool fans on Twitter have quite a few choice words to say, lambasting this statement.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, their 18-year-old right-back, has 44 appearances this season in all competitions. He was crucial in the Merseyside club’s run in the Champions League, which culminated with a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final.
In other words, he is a much more proven commodity, and also younger than the Portuguese, who has only 8 appearances in senior competition.
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There is little doubt that the Liverpool youngster, who has also made the cut for England’s World Cup squad, is the better player at this point in their careers.
Tweeter @ABoughan echoed these thoughts in his tweet, as did quite a few other members of the Liverpool fandom among Twitterati.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also had special praise for Alexander-Arnold, noting: “It was obvious he’s a big talent when we got him. Physically he was ready – he made big steps and he was still growing.
“The talent was obvious and there was only one question – was he mentally ready for the Premier League? He showed he absolutely is and he had an outstanding season. Hopefully he will have a good World Cup and I think it’s deserved and a good decision.”
Trent is in line to start for The Three Lions in their final pre-World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica. The match is to be played at the iconic Elland Road stadium, home to Leeds United, on Friday evening.