Nev: TAA and Robertson are the best ever
Gary Neville ranks Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as the Prem’s best full-backs.
Neville, who played as a Manchester United right-back, was greatly impressed with Alexander-Arnold and Robertson in the Reds’ 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Sunday.
The footballer-turned-expert can’t remember two full-backs who once played as well as a pair as the Liverpool duo, whom he compared to legendary Brazilians Roberto Carlos and Cafu.
Carlos is known as one of football’s greatest left-backs thanks to his superb 11-year stint at Real Madrid and his powerful left foot, while Cafu is also considered one of the best right-backs to ever play. after a period of two decades at the top.
In the meantime, they have amassed 267 caps for Brazil, won nine league titles, four Champions Leagues, two Copa Libertadores and a number of other major team and individual trophies.
They were also key men in two Copa America wins and the 2002 World Cup victory.
Neville said on his Sky Sports podcast: “Sometimes during a game you have to check yourself in when you’re involved in an emotional game like this as a co-commentator or a commentator, you mention them in the same breath as you probably would. the two greatest full-backs I’ve ever seen, Roberto Carlos and Cafu.
“For so many years, they were the shining example. They transformed the back game.
“I know there had been attacking full-backs before, Liverpool’s teams in the 1970s, but when you think of them as a striker first, a defender second, contributing to free kicks, attacks, crosses every part of the game. They’ve made full-backs an important part of the team.
“They were exceptional, but those two… I don’t think I’ve seen two full-backs playing in the Premier League as good as these two as a pair. The way they combine on the pitch, the way they play the game, it’s an absolute joy.
“Robertson with his consistency does everything well. Defends well, he’s competitive – a bit too much in the end – but he scored a goal and set up a goal.
“Alexander-Arnold is an absolute phenomenon when it comes to the quality of his passage, of his performance. It’s something I’ve never seen before from a full-back.