It is very rare for those associated with Liverpool and Manchester United to give praise to one another, but this week there was an exception.
A handful of Liverpool supporters have hailed Rio Ferdinand for his punditry skills with BT Sport.
The former United defender, who spent 12 years playing at Old Trafford, has been in the studio for this week’s Champions League games, one of which was Liverpool’s quarter-final second leg against Manchester City.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the standout players for Jurgen Klopp in the 3-0 victory at Anfield, and he maintained his form for the deciding fixture at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Despite coming under waves of pressure from Pep Guardiola’s men, the 19-year-old managed to hold his own and contribute to the defensive effort, as well as taking the ball forward.
After the Reds secured a 2-1 victory and 5-1 aggregate triumph over City, Ferdinand and his fellow pundits Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard hailed Alexander-Arnold’s performance.
The ex-United defender praised the youngster’s character for being able to put in an impressive display following errors in recent games against the Red Devils and Crystal Palace.
Steven Gerrard: "He has to be the star man over the two legs."@rioferdy5 "If you came to this game not knowing who they were, who looks the better right-back? Trent."@trentaa98 is being tipped for a place in England's World Cup squad ?
What a talent! pic.twitter.com/9ixgHyirk6
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 10, 2018
Liverpool fans gave their reactions to the comments on Twitter.
Has great knowledge and is quite unbiased. A change from most pundits
— Elis Parry Jones(IV) (@elismpj) April 11, 2018
Seems a decent fella, neutral to.
— Ste Midge ????? (@ste_midge79) April 11, 2018
Me too. Think him and Lampard are very good pundits who talk a lot of sense.
— Lee Jackson (@LeeJackson9) April 11, 2018
Lampard seems a decent sort off the pitch, quite intelligent, no bias. The three of them work well together.
— rp anderson (@frankenhooker75) April 11, 2018
I like him too, pretty good
— Danae Robertson (@DanaeRobertson1) April 11, 2018
Insightful and even handed.
— Tracey Birch (@64tracey) April 11, 2018
And as a human, been a true professional through his personal heartache
— Discount Zac Efron (@RealTaylorKing) April 11, 2018
Yeah he’s sound fair play he’s a decent pundit
— Adam John Paul (@CPTNBEEFHEART82) April 11, 2018