63 passes, 12 long balls: £180,000-a-week Liverpool magician slips under the radar in 4-1 win
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a man possessed this season, producing the goods on a consistent basis to silence his harshest critics.
Last season saw the Liverpool right-back face his toughest test since breaking into the first team.
He came under fire for some less than impressive defending and he found himself out of the England reckoning.
Missing Euro 2020 through injury appears to have done him good though. He has returned to Liverpool revitalised and is now bang in form.
So far this season he has claimed 10 assists from right-back and his delivery into the box really is a joy to behold.
Last night he was part of the Liverpool team that claimed Merseyside bragging rights by thrashing Everton 4-1.
Some statistics highlight just how good Alexander-Arnold was at Goodison Park during a comprehensive win for the Reds.
As per Who Scored, Alexander-Arnold completed 12 of 16 long balls during the 90 minutes, showcasing an unbelievable passing radar.
Not only that but his short passing wasn’t bad either! He attempted 68 passes with a success ratio of 85% – the highest of any outfield player to complete 90 minutes.
Defensively he was sound too. He made three interceptions and completed one clearance; although Everton’s profligacy made for an easy evening in that sense.
Talent: Alexander-Arnold criticism is a myth and he’s integral to Liverpool
At 23, Alexander-Arnold is one of the country’s brightest young talents and he deserves more respect.
Perhaps his defensive qualities could improve but some teams would welcome a midfielder weighing in with 10 assists by Christmas, let alone a right-back.
His ability to maraude forward down the right-hand side make him vitally important to Klopp’s team and he’s an integral member of the squad.
Last night it was the attacking players who came in for the majority of praise. The £180,000-a-week Alexander-Arnold has slipped under the radar once again for Liverpool.
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