Trent Alexander-Arnold has praised Lionel Messi in a video interview with Goal. The Liverpool defender told that Messi can read defenders easily, and explained why he believes that the Argentine is the best player ever:
“Messi sees things quicker than anyone, he can read what a defender is going to do and just dribble past him as if he’s not even there. It’s like he’s playing against mannequins.”Trent Alexander-Arnold | Goal
“Messi has been doing things for 15 years that have never been seen before. He doesn’t have a weakness. There’s nothing I haven’t seen him do, and for that reason, he’s the best player ever.”
The last time Alexander-Arnold’s Liverpool faced the Argentine legend, however, they beat the opponent team with a humiliating 4-0 final score — in which Arnold took the cheeky corner to knock out Barcelona from the Champions League. Still, the 22-year-old admitted that you have to think about Messi all the time when facing him.
“Even if Messi’s not looking your way, you’re concentrating on him because he can see things that you can’t.”Trent Alexander-Arnold | Goal
Despite the fact that Messi has not shown his best version this season under Ronald Koeman yet, the reputation that the Argentine has built over the past 15 years still makes everyone appreciate his greatness.
Three key player stats from the Vallecano 1-2 Barcelona game
Barcelona managed to beat Raya Vallecano 2-1 away in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Three interesting stats popped up from Frenkie De Jong, Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann.
Frenkie De Jong has become Barcelona’s goal-scoring midfielder. In his recent games, Ronald Koeman decided to use him in the attack, and it looks like its truly paying off.
Frenkie De Jong has scored 4 goals in his last 7 games for Barcelona. Machine. pic.twitter.com/SuehXxWHlz— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021
While Lionel Messi has missed quite some chances tonight, he got his goal and pre-assist for the game and continues to be the difference-maker.
Antoine Griezmann is in good form recently. Despite the fact that he was criticised a lot at the beginning of the season, it seems that he has finally found his rhythm.
Antoine Griezmann has now 4 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games for Barcelona.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) January 27, 2021