Trent Alexander-Arnold is on a path of greatness. That’s not even an exaggeration, his rise to prominence has been truly outstanding. Breaking into the Liverpool team at 18, starting a Champions League final at 19, winning a Champions League at 20 and now establishing himself as the best right back in the world at 21. Liverpool have produced a generational talent from their academy, their first in many years. Now, he looks set to be at the forefront of the start of their golden era.
Liverpool born and bred – He ‘gets it’
The right back has established himself as an extraordinary prospect in today’s game. Born and bred on Merseyside, his technical ability and pure passion for the game has resonated with Liverpudlians. Trent bleeds red, something Anfield has been crying out for since Steven Gerrard retired. He understands what it means to represent the badge, what it means to the communities that live and breath football. Whether that be putting 110% on the pitch or using his position to give back to the community. The local lad from West Derby is a hero to the Red of the city.
Being the local lad comes with that added pressure of performing. The crowd wants to see you succeed and make it to the top more than anyone. The Kop will be Alexander-Arnold’s biggest critics alongside his biggest supporters. Yet he has handled that pressure superbly. The Reds have found their successor to the great number 8. Now, it’s all about TAA 66.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Style of Play
Let’s talk about the ridiculousness of Trent’s passing. The man could genuinely play in midfield and pull the strings for any side in the league. Instead, he dictates play from right back. This season in the Premier League, the England international has averaged a staggering 3.1 key passes per game, 2.4 crosses and 4.8 long balls per game.
As incredible as these stats are, they don’t do justice to the technical ability of the 21 year old. The way he strikes the ball, the range of passing, the inch perfect precision of his delivery, it’s outstanding. I haven’t even mentioned his set pieces and his quick thinking. Barcelona, say no more. Technically gifted is an overused phrase. But Trent defines the term, he’s an absolute joy to watch.
The potential is enormous
Is he the finished article? Not at all, and that’s the scary thing. Against Leicester yesterday, he shone by the running the game from defense. 1 goal and 2 assists to help the visitors thrash the Foxes 4-0. The importance of Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson to Klopp’s system cannot be underestimated, with that performance highlighting it. But there are plenty areas for the Champions League winner to improve in.
Defensively, he sometimes gets exposed. Luckily, he has Virgil Van Dijk to cover for him if he overextends. This is perhaps the only weakness to the right back’s game, reading defensive situations better. Of course, despite his frightening talent, we have to remember he is young. This will come over time with experience, especially with Klopp now committing his long term future to the club.
12 assists last season and already 8 in the top flight in 2019/20. If he can sort out the defensive frailties in his game, Trent Alexander-Arnold will dominate world football for years to come. What a talent Liverpool and England have on their hands.
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