Liverpool trounced Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds pulled nine points clear of the Premier League champions and eight points clear of Leicester City and Chelsea, tied on points in second and third respectively. Sunday’s game saw another superlative passing display from Trent Alexander-Arnold with Peter Crouch giving him high praise. When will Jürgen Klopp move Trent into midfield?
Speaking on Match of the Day 2 after the game, Trent Alexander-Arnold was flattered as Peter Crouch waxed lyrical about the Scouser’s distribution. The retired striker said: “Some of Trent’s passing is as good as a midfielder’s. I’ve played with Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso and I’d put him right up there with some of the passing.”
Throughout the game on Sunday the Liverpool right back had the Manchester City defence on toast as he moved them one way then another with his passing range.
One of the key components of the Reds attacking play this season has been the precision and regularity of Trent’s crossfield passes. Alexander-Arnold, as Crouch pointed out, leaves defences with no time to adapt or recover when he pings the ball 50, 60, 70 yards across the pitch.
When you have one full back launching another into such a dangerous area, as Trent did in the build up to Mo Salah’s goal, you become an irresistible attacking force.
It is surely only a matter of time until the Scouser in our team is moved into midfield, his destiny surely lies there given his passing range. We just need to find another world class right back to replace him.