Richards: TAA ‘would be dreaming about emulating’ Man Utd star

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2022 1:36 - Lewis Oldham

Richards on Alexander-Arnold

Micah Richards believes Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold will be “dreaming about emulating” the trophy haul of Man Utd legend Ryan Giggs.

The right-back has been a key player for Liverpool since the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

Alexander-Arnold has already played over 200 times for his boyhood club. He has won the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup so far.

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The Englishman would have arguably won more trophies had it not been for Man City’s brilliance.

Pep Guardiola’s men are currently six points clear at the top of the table. Liverpool have a game in hand and the rivals face off at the Etihad next month.

Richards has suggested that Alexander-Arnold would have been looking to emulate Giggs’ achievements:

“Trent Alexander-Arnold would be dreaming about emulating Ryan Giggs and having a career in which his championship medals could go into double figures. Trent, it seems, is going to stay at Anfield for life. He’s 23 and has one title. Without City, he would be on his way to his fourth,” Richards wrote for the Daily Mail.

“Historically, it has always been about Liverpool and Manchester United but what is extraordinary is how this new rivalry has developed. Nobody would have seen it happening seven years ago, given where Liverpool were when Klopp was appointed.

“It’s why we have to acknowledge that what we are seeing now is different to anything that has gone before. I hear people criticise City’s style for it being too boring but to keep the ball the way they do for 90 minutes, barely giving the opposition a kick, is one of the hardest things to do in football.

“There are days when City are absolutely immaculate yet we have to come think it as normal. Guardiola is constantly pursuing football perfection and, perhaps, the way Liverpool are breathing down his neck means he is constantly having to refine and improve City’s style. It means the quality of play is consistently increasing.

“I appreciate people will argue differently. We all have our favourite teams and players, as well as eras that are special to us. We look back fondly to reminisce and the natural instinct is to think that things were better in the past.

“But I am in no doubt we are witnessing the top two teams the Premier League has seen. There are three trophies up for grabs from here — I believe City and Liverpool will win them all.”

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