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Wilfried Zaha compared to Neymar and Ronaldo by Trent Alexander-Arnold

Read Sport logo Read Sport 20/10/2018 Charlie Smith

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has heaped praise on Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, claiming the Ivory Coast international is harder to play against than Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Daily Mail report.

Despite turning 20 earlier this month, Alexander-Arnold has already come up against the likes of Neymar and Ronaldo in the Champions League, as the Reds made the final of Europe’s most prestigious competition last season.

The England international, who has made over 50 appearances for the Reds already, came up against Zaha at Selhurst Park at the end of August, with the Palace forward having the better of the duel across the 90 minutes.

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And despite Zaha and Palace on the wrong end of a 2-0 score line, Alexander-Arnold admitted the Eagles’ forward was harder to play against than the Brazilian and Portuguese stars.

Talking to The Times, the young defender said:

“With Neymar and Ronaldo, you can see they are very intelligent players, people who know their trade, different movements, but they never got much of the ball against us.”

“Obviously Zaha is not at a level of Ronaldo and Neymar, but for me on the day Zaha was probably the hardest.”

After Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested Alexander-Arnold against Manchester City prior to the international break, the England international will be relishing the chance to inflict his revenge on Zaha when the two sides meet again in January.

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