Gary Neville has stated that Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is ‘far better’ on the ball than his Chelsea rival, Reece James. 

Both Liverpool and Chelsea are blessed with two of the best fullbacks in the world, but overall, Neville feels that Alexander-Arnold ‘edges it’, as he posted on Instagram. 

For England, the Liverpool and Chelsea duo probably haven’t cemented their places in Gareth Southgate’s side like they would have liked. 

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But, in truth, it’s an area of the pitch that has crazy talent and one that the Three Lions are blessed in for, not just years to come, but decades. 

Nonetheless, when Neville was asked to pick between Alexander-Arnold and James, he issued this response about the English duo. 

“Trent or Reece? That’s an interesting one, by the way,” said Neville. 

“Trent is far better on the ball. He’s better than everyone on the ball. He’s better than most, to be fair. Midfield players and wingers on the ball. 

“But I think Reece James, injury-free for a couple of seasons, could surpass Trent as an all-round fullback. He needs to stay fit for a few seasons. 

“I do think Trent has improved his defending, I would say in the last three to four weeks. He has been a lot more aggressive in getting to the ball. 

“I think, between them both, they are both outstanding. But Trent, at the moment, edges it and Reece has the ability to overtake.” 

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Alexander-Arnold was picked to go to Euro 2020 with England, but an injury before the tournament started ended his hopes. 

But come the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, there is no doubt the quadruple-chasing player will want to book his ticket.

Whilst many will debate who starts between the two at the World Cup, the answer might be outside of the two.

Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier are others that have been picked ahead of the Liverpool and Chelsea duo before, so whether fans agree or not, they might not even start. 

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