Virgil van Dijk on Trent Alexander-Arnold – “He offers a lot defensively”

Liverpool’s captain recognises his vice-captain’s quality.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold silenced the Etihad last Saturday with his late equaliser that earned a point for Liverpool vs Manchester City.

The Reds had their chances early on but some lapses in concentration in the first half allowed City to apply more and more pressure.

Eventually, Erling Haaland opened the scoring after City capitalised on a poor kick out from Alisson.

But Liverpool wethered the storm into the second half and were able to keep the defect at one.

With Liverpool’s lightning fast forwards that can score in any counter attack, Jurgen Klopp’s team are in the game until the final whistle blows.

Klopp’s side eventually grew into the game. With ten mins to go, Alexander-Arnold scored a sumptuous strike into the bottom corner to earn a thoroughly decent result for Liverpool in the title race.

Virgil van Dijk praised Alexander-Arnold’s contributions during the game.

“He offers a lot defensively and, obviously in possession, he has qualities that are very special and he shows that as well, so he has the complete package.”

Alexander-Arnold endured a tough battle with City winger Jeremy Doku. The tricky Belgian has given many full-backs problems this season with his speed and excellent dribbling.

Van Dijk believed his teammate coped well with the challenge that Doku posed.

I think everyone this season, as a defender, one-v-one against Doku will have a tough afternoon. He’s a very good dribbler,” the Dutchman explained.

“But I don’t think [Alexander-Arnold] had a tough afternoon on the whole. It’s how you defend them together and try to get two-v-one in situations and, in the end, I’m pleased for him that he got the equaliser.”

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