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How Alexander-Arnold showed his class despite poor showing against Salzburg

Trent Alexander-Arnold still managed to show his class despite a poor performance against RB Salzburg.

The right-back’s passing and defending wasn’t close to his best as Liverpool squeezed to victory. The Reds had a 3-0 lead after 38 minutes and yet it was 3-3 by the hour.

A Mohamed Salah goal meant it finished at 4-3 but Salzburg rocked Liverpool.

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And Alexander-Arnold didn’t play particularly well. He was out of position on a good few occasions, while his passing was wayward. He failed to find the right man or picked the wrong option several times and while he wasn’t the only one, he stood out.

And yet he still managed to remind us exactly why he’s one of the best right-backs around.

One example came in the first half as he laid on a perfect low cross for Andy Robertson to score. The build-up for the goal was outstanding and Alexander-Arnold played his part.

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It was the most important part, too – create the chance. And, of course, he did it perfectly as he fired it across the goal for the opposite full-back.

The other example came in the second half with the score 4-3. No one else on the pitch – and maybe in the ground – had noticed the position Sadio Mane had walked into.

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Liverpool’s number 10 drifted past his marker to leave himself wide open in front of the goal. Alexander-Arnold found him, drawing comparisons with that goal against Barcelona last year.

Although this time, the man he found somehow missed. Mane didn’t even make contact – it’s not clear how.

But the fact remains that Alexander-Arnold created two glorious chances against Salzburg despite his poor showing. It’s what separates good players from great ones – and the 20-year-old is certainly the latter.

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