BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves compared Rangers man James Tavernier to Dani Alves after he scored another goal against Standard Liege in the Europa League.
Tavernier tied the game up at 2-2 from the penalty spot, with Scott Arfield sealing the 3-2 win and ensuring the Gers’ progression to the knockout phase of the Europa League.
With 15 goals and seven assists in all competitions already this term, Tavernier has been a key part of their attack, completing 2.3 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per match in the league this season (via WhoScored).
Hargreaves was certainly impressed with his display and described the former Newcastle United’s man as “unbelievable”.
“Unbelievable, I think Dani Alves would be proud of those numbers – 15 goals,” he said on BT Sport after the game.
Alves has won the Champions League three times with Barcelona and that’s high praise from the BT Sport pundit.
Tavernier has been a revelation this season and while he has scored a lot of penalties, it should take nothing away from just how devastating he can be as an attacking player.
His dribbling up the wing, crossing and intelligent positioning makes him a constant threat, while his ability to overlap allows Kemar Roofe to go inside and connect with Alfredo Morelos.
The 29-year-old is very much in the prime of his career, is the club captain and plays every single week, and it is clear that he leads by example for this side.
Going into the busy festive period, Steven Gerrard will have to consider resting him and given that Nathan Patterson is fit again, there could be a few opportunities for the youngster.
As the Scottish Premiership title battle hots up and the Europa League moves into the knockout phase, it is essential that Tavernier is fit and able to play, so Gerrard should be careful with managing his game time a little more going forward.
Having said that, this was another great performance for the defender, with the 29-year-old making two key passes, taking two shots and completing one dribble (via WhoScored).
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