Liverpool star backed for Ballon d'Or

English Premier League

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has what it takes to win the Ballon d'Or one day, according to one of Brazil's greatest ever defenders.

The England international has risen to prominence as one of Europe's most impressive full-backs in recent seasons and has played a key role in the Reds' success.

The 21-year-old has already reached double figures for assists for a second successive season and Brazil legend Cafu had nothing but praise for the Liverpool star.

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“I think Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world, no doubt about it,” he told the Mirror. “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.”

The former AS Roma and AC Milan star has backed Alexander-Arnold to end the notion that only attackers and strikers can win the Ballon d'Or.

“I think he has what it takes to become a Ballon d’Or winner,” he added.

“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.”