Surprise Liverpool star backed to beat Henderson and De Bruyne to Player of the Year award

“Would Gini Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and James Milner provide as much quality in his absence? Arguably, yes.

“I would argue that Alexander-Arnold has become the world’s best right-back, and this season he has contributed the most assists, plus immaculate set-piece delivery and helping Liverpool to sustain the best defensive record in the country.

“If I were still playing now, and I had put a cross on a ballot paper this weekend, Alexander-Arnold would get my vote.

“A full-back has never won the PFA gong before, but he has taken the role up to a new level, maintaining a supply line for the forwards down that right flank but keeping the back gate shut at the same time.