Murphy admits Trent Alexander-Arnold is a “fantastic talent,” but argues Cafu’s claim that the 21-year-old full-back would sometime be identified as the world’s best player.
Cafu has told about Alexander-Arnold to the official: “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 Men’s Player for Best FIFA award.”
Murphy is not satisfied that even that would induce a Golden Ball for the England international.
The ex-Reds star told about Alexander-Arnold toafter 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 defenses? Yes.”
“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.”
“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.”