The Brazilian international was quizzed about his views on the emerging generation of right back talent across Europe.
Alves is viewed as the benchmark for modern full backs with his marauding runs and devastating technique playing a key role in Barcelona’s 2008-2012 dominance.
The 38-year-old is the perfect judge of the new pretenders to his crown and he highlighted England defender Alexander-Arnold as the No.1 in his position right now.
“I really like the one from Liverpool, Alexander Arnold”, as per reports from Marca.
“I also really like Hakimi, with some buts attached, but I like what he does.
“He’s (Alexander-Arnold) a fantastic footballer with world-class skills.”
“I would say that my other favourite team is Barcelona.
“I feel they have the same ideas and values as Liverpool. They like to bring players through the academy.”
However, despite the mutual admiration between Alexander-Arnold, Alves and Barcelona, La Blaugrana fans are unlikely to have happy memories of Liverpool’s No.66.
The man responsible for CORNER TAKEN QUICKLY ORIGI 😍
Can your right-back do things like this? 🤤pic.twitter.com/guZf2yQKP0
— GOAL (@goal) April 12, 2020
Alexander-Arnold’s infamous ‘corner taken quickly’ sealed Liverpool 2019 Champions League semi final fightback win at Anfield.