Nothing quite divides opinion like Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Liverpool academy product and this year’s vice-captain has seen an upturn in form after a difficult campaign last term, but there will still be doubters.
Here, I Ayyaz Malik try to pick apart those myths about Liverpool’s mainstay at right-back. the daggers will be out when critics try to target his defensive abilities. Arm-Chair fans, do remember the way The Reds play, this is a very expensive side, which relies on Trent Alexander-Arnold playing forward rather than back.
The Liverpool youngster might lose the ball in earlier transitions of play, but it’s up to the players behind to retrieve the situation, the fact they don’t do that, makes his stats look worse than what they are.
Criticism On Trent Alexander-Arnold
Critics will be quick to blame Alexander-Arnold for the goal Liverpool conceded, but let’s take a second to praise him for the goal he scored. Based on these two factors alone, TAA is a player who deserves respect.
The Liverpool man will make errors, but he gives Jurgen Klopp’s side a clinical edge. There is no defender, bar Andy Robertson who has double-digit assists for a defender. Even in the Manchester City game, he came top in a lot of the match stats.
Disregard the flawed why the data is collected for ‘dribbles’. When Shepherding an opponent away from a goal, the way they intended to, then how does that count as a take-on? Sports fans, the easiest thing to do now is to take aim and take a swipe at Trent Alenxader-Arnold.
Is he the best defensively, no but he for sure isn’t the worst. The man makes stuff happen whenever he is on the pitch. It must be noted, how is it that it’s Tren’t fault that Jurgen puts him in a floored system.
If The Reds solidify in the middle of the park, then more protection can be given to the Liverpool full-back. In Jordan Henderson’s day, he used to superbly cover the space Trent Alexander-Arnold left and allowed Trent to carry on with matters forward.
Until Liverpool can’t do that again, the daggers will be out. Sports fans Trent’s stats in the draw against City were no fluke, the man was first for tackles. Just look at these impressive stats, then think about trying to criticise the man.
This was against arguably the best team in Europe, who have easily one of the best wingers in Europe if not the world.
10 time possession won (most)
4 crosses (2nd most)
2 interceptions (joint-most)
1 goal (1st goal this season)
Show the man some respect, and give him his dues.