SERGIO RAMOS might be public enemy No.1 on the red side of Merseyside – but Trent Alexander-Arnold insists the Real Madrid hard man should also be respected.
Ramos will never be forgiven by Liverpool fans for what was regarded as a cynical foul on Mo Salah in last season’s Champions League Final.
That challenge forced the Egyptian magician out of the Kiev showdown and Real went on to win 3-1.
But Kop star Alexander-Arnold admits: “You have got to respect Ramos, even if he was the enemy in the Champions League Final.
“Everyone has their way of doing things but he has shown that he is a winner and has been for ten years.
What he has done has worked for him and his team.
“To win three Champions Leagues in a row takes some doing. You don’t do that with just average players.
“He has shown why he is probably the best, most consistent centre-back in the world.”
Despite that, Alexander-Arnold is so Liverpool focused that he insists all his defensive heroes as a youngster were Anfield old boys.
There is a tradition at the club that players joining the academy are “signed” and welcomed to Liverpool by a senior player.
In Alexander-Arnold’s case, it was club legend Jamie Carragher.
And the Anfield right back says: “In the academy, I looked up to Liverpool players like Carra, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.
“At times, you have to expand your thinking to the wider world, so then it would be people like Cannavaro and Cafu – those sort.
“But for me, it was always about Liverpool. I didn’t want to be playing for the likes of Bayern Munich!
“To me, it was about how to be a Liverpool player.”
Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley last night thanks to goals from Saul and Rodrigo for the visitors, after Rashford had put the Three Lions ahead.
But the overshadowing moment of the night was Danny Welbeck’s disallowed goal in the final minute after he was deemed to have fouled David de Gea.