Jamie Carragher heaped praise on one of Liverpool’s young guns in the wake of the Reds’ 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds United – but it wasn’t goalscoring record breaker Ben Woodburn.
The 17-year-old grabbed most of the post-match headlines after breaking Michael Owen’s record to become the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history.
Sky Sports pundit and die-hard Reds fan Carragher was among those to congratulate the young forward on his goal, which came in front of the Kop, with the Champions League winner taking to Twitter to send his regards.
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However, in the post-match analysis with Sky Sports, the Liverpool legend opted to single out another Reds’ youngster for particular praise – Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 18-year-old full back also impressed for the club, claiming an assist with the cross for Divock Origi’s opening goal on the night.
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And after seeing the youngster in action,Carragher now understands why the Liverpool manager did not dip into the market for another full back last summer.
"I think we now know why Jurgen Klopp went in with only one recognised right-back this season. His performance tonight, and again against Spurs, I think we know now,” Carragher said.
"Sometimes you just look at a younger player and they look like an athlete. It's perfect for the full-back position, and you think he's 18 now, imagine what he'll be like in four years' time.
"He looks like he's already got the legs and the pace, the strength is going to come now too.”
Carragher also heaped praise on the management team behind the scenes at Anfield and their apparent willingness to give young players a chance this season.
"Clyne is an England right-back now, Trent Arnold has a long way to go, but if you're going to have an 18-year-old as your second choice, with the size of the club and with Liverpool fighting on all fronts, it shows the faith Jurgen Klopp has got in him,” he said.
Both Trent-Arnold and Woodburn will now be looking to kick on with Liverpool this term and could get another opportunity to impress in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.
Trent-Arnold has already cemented his status as one to watch, having impressed for Liverpool against Tottenham in the previous round of the competition.
And while the competition and calibre of those players also jostling for a starting role at full back for Liverpool is strong, the 18-year-old has definitely not done himself any harm with another commanding performance for the Reds.
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