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Trent Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the finest full-backs in Europe (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United star Rafael has backed Trent Alexander-Arnold to ‘pass Gary Neville as a footballer’ if he continues to thrive and win trophies in a Liverpool shirt.

Alexander-Arnold broke into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team back in 2016 and the 21-year-old right-back has since established himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in European football.

The England international won the Champions League, the Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup with the Reds last season and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year after an outstanding individual campaign.

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Neville is one of the most decorated players in Manchester United’s history (Picture: Getty)

Asked to choose between Alexander-Arnold and former team-mate Neville, Rafael told ESPN: ‘Today I would pick Gary Neville but if Alexander-Arnold keeps doing what he’s doing he will pass Gary Neville by far.

‘At the moment he’s just destroying the Premier League with assists, with everything. I have to be honest. So if he keeps going like that he’s going to pass Gary Neville as a footballer.

‘When Gary Neville was young he maybe didn’t have the same qualities, wasn’t doing the same things that Alexander-Arnold was doing but he kept doing what he did for 12-13 years in Manchester and England.

‘I hope Alexander-Arnold keeps playing well, not against Manchester United for sure, but if he keeps doing that he will for sure pass Gary Neville.’

Neville and Rafael shared a dressing room for three years at United (Picture: Getty)

Earlier this month, Rafael admitted it would be ‘great’ if Liverpool are denied their first Premier League title in 30 years due to the coronavirus crisis.

Asked to reveal the highlight of his United career, the Brazilian told the club’s official website: ‘I always say that when you get to 18 titles, and when you pass Liverpool!

‘Everybody’s talking about “stop the competition”, no? They don’t get to 20!

‘It will be hard for them (if the Premier League is voided), great for us!

‘But that (winning the 19th title in 2011) was my best moment.’

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