Kevin Phillips has heaped praise on Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold after his match-winning performance against Aston Villa.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner suggested the 22-year-old has come under unjust criticism in recent weeks given his age and accomplishments.

Alexander-Arnold scored a stoppage time winner on Saturday, as Jurgen Klopp’s side came from behind to beat Villa 2-1 at Anfield.

However, it was not a faultless performance from the right-back, who was watched by England manager Gareth Southgate, as he lost the ball an alarming 35 times. (Sofascore)

Speaking to the BBC yesterday, Klopp insisted Alexander Arnold has “nothing to prove”.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the full-back’s performance, Phillips said: “All he can do is answer his critics on the pitch.

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“He has had a tough season and he has not been his usual self but it happens.

“It is important to remember that he is still a young kid. He has already achieved so much in his career. Every young player has a lull and unfortunately, when you are a Liverpool and England player it gets highlighted more.

“The only way you can shut people up is by going out there and performing.

“It was a wonderful goal against Villa and it is even better when you have the England manager sitting in the stands. With the Euros just around the corner, that was a timely reminder of the immense quality he can bring to that international squad.

“It will be interesting to see what Gareth goes with come the summer.”  

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