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Rio Ferdinand has lavished praise on Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, admitting that he was ‘screaming’ at the quality of his passes in the Champions League this week.

Liverpool put one foot into the semi-final of the competition by winning 3-1 away to Benfica on Tuesday night.

Alexander-Arnold registered a stunning pre-assist for Sadio Mane’s goal by finding Luis Diaz with a wonderful searching ball.

And Ferdinand believes that there’s nobody in world football better than the 23-year-old when it comes to range of passing.

He told BT Sport: ‘Trent is as good a passer as anyone on the planet right now, I don’t care.

“When I saw one of his passes yesterday, I was screaming. And it’s not usually passes that do that to me. It’s out of order the way he passes the ball. It’s not only the execution, it’s the vision.”

Ferdinand is right.

The Liverpool academy gem is probably the sport’s finest right-back – and, as he said, overall passer.

Seventeen assists from 36 outings across all competitions this season is a freakishly-good statistic for a right-back and it certainly backs up the Manchester United legend’s point here.

There have been question marks over Alexander-Arnold’s defending in the past, but that part of his game is looking massively improved too.

It’s genuinely frightening to consider the fact that Alexander-Arnold is still only 23 and therefore liable to get a lot better over the coming years.

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