Peter Crouch left astounded by "ridiculous" Alexander-Arnold moment vs Newcastle

Peter Crouch was left stunned by Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold after he showcased his passing range against Newcastle.

The Reds struggled to break down the Magpies in the first-half at St James’ Park but Alexander-Arnold still caught the eye from right-back.

He picked up the ball on the halfway line and found Sadio Mane in behind with a stunning defence-splitting diagonal ball.

And former Reds striker Crouch, watching on from the Amazon Prime Video studio, was in little doubt that the ball was intentional.

Mane cut inside and, although the attack eventually came to nothing, Crouch was left stunned by Alexander-Arnold’s pass.

Trent Alexander-Arnold spotted Sadio Mane when he picked up the ball on the halfway line

“It was ridiculous,” Crouch said.

“He picked that out, didn’t he?

“That was ridiculous.”

Crouch went on to outline how Alexander-Arnold and left-back Andy Robertson became an outlet for Liverpool as their opponents sat back.

“They’re the outlet tonight, I think,” he said.

Alexander-Arnold went for the audacious cross field pass and split the Newcastle defence

Peter Crouch was left in awe as Alexander-Arnold split the defence and found Mane’s run

“We look at how many players Newcastle have got behind the ball, and they’re definitely the outlet, the full-backs.

“We’re right in line with Robertson and we see he’s got so much space, and they’re so good to watch.

“I’d love to have played with them.”

Meanwhile, Alan Shearer hailed the technical ability of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, admitting they would have made his life easier as a striker.

Shearer said: “You know, when you’re a forward and you’ve got guys that can play passes like that and put crosses into the box like these guys can do and do on a regular basis, it doesn’t half make your job easy.

“When you run, eight or nine times out of 10 you know that ball is going to find you because of the ability they have.

“We’re so fortunate to be here this evening and watching them at such close range. Their technical ability is just fantastic.

“Their passing range is just ridiculous at times. You appreciate their movement, the little checks, gives and goes. It’s just great to watch.”


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