Liverpool handed 'massive boost' after Trent Alexander-Arnold claim - Whelan
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s return to full fitness is a “massive boost” for Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Manchester City, according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Pep Guardiola is right to be fearful of the 23-year-old’s attacking quality.
As quoted by the Manchester Evening News (8 April) at his press conference, the Manchester City boss singled out Alexander-Arnold as one of the Reds’ biggest threats.
He claimed the right-back has played a major role in Liverpool’s transformation, creating more attacking threat “between the lines”.
Guardiola went on to say Alexander-Arnold is “like an exhibition” with his running, passing and set-piece quality.
Having seen the defender play 89 minutes against Benfica following his comeback from a hamstring injury, Whelan insisted he could play a “decisive” told on Sunday.
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Discussing Alexander-Arnold’s return, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s a massive boost. Whether he played against Benfica or not and was rested, he’d be straight in the side.
“He’s one of these players that looks like he has a natural athleticism about him. You see the hungry, you see that quality that he possesses down that right-hand side there.
“Whether it’s crosses or long balls, they’re inch-perfect, they really are. He’s such a great football player. You can see how much they’ve contributed, the two full-backs, this season, when it comes to assists and goals.
“He’s going to be invaluable. A massive boost for the team knowing he’s got through 89 minutes ahead of their biggest game this season.
“It could be a decisive game. It could be that decisive pass or decisive cross he puts in that takes Liverpool ahead of Manchester City.”