Trent Alexander-Arnold is a “fantastic talent,” Danny Murphy admits, but opposes to Cafu’s claim that the 21-year-old full-back would someday be recognized as the world’s best player.
The ex-Reds star told about Alexander-Arnold to talkSPORT after the claims of Cafu: “He’s a fantastic, wonderful talent, but he also isn’t going to win the Ballon d’Or. I guess it’s challenging even at a midfield position. Can he score goals from midfield and bend with his passing in free-kicks and open defences? Yes.
“There are so many talented players around. Defensively you think a center-half like Virgil van Dijk would probably be one of the few that has the capability. But he’s on a different level, because he’s an out-and-out defender.”
Cafu has told about Alexander-Arnold to official FIFA website: “He’s a sensational player, a rare talent. If he manages to play the way he’s been, he’ll be known as one of the world’s greatest stars. He has the potential to win the FIFA award for Best Men’s Player.”
Murphy is not persuaded that even that would bring a Golden Ball for the England international:
“Would it really be enough to raise a Ballon d’Or? Modric received one of those, didn’t he? Never say never, but I don’t think so.”