In the last six weeks or so there has been a media love in surrounding Trent Alexander-Arnold and rightly so. The Scouser in our team has been in scintillating form. He has demonstrated a range of passing beyond his years, a creativity that people pay millions for in attacking midfielders and a work rate that you just can’t buy. Trent Alexander-Arnold had a poor game against Crystal Palace and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
At just 21-years-old we cannot expect Trent to have a blinder every single week. In many respects he has become a victim of his own success. The young lad is now being held up to the lofty standards that he has set himself in the last six months or so. People expect him to perform at an eight or a nine every week now, this isn’t possible – particularly given his age.
Alexander-Arnold was not at his best against Crystal Palace. He was caught out defensively by Wilfried Zaha, the right back’s crossing was not his finest and nor was his judgement. Thankfully, his passing was still as accurate and impressive as ever.
This was always going to be a difficult game for Trent. He played nearly every minute of England’s two walkover qualifying games during the international break. To come back from exhausting international duty and have to play the full 90 minutes away at one of the Premier League’s toughest grounds was going to be a big ask.
If our right back didn’t have these poor games then he wouldn’t be able to learn and develop. At 21-years-old having the media praising you every week must be great for morale but games like this are more important. The manager can sit you down and point out what went wrong and how to improve on it.
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This poor performance was perfectly timed. We still got the three points. Trent has gotten this blip out of the way ahead of a manic winter period, we can expect him to come out of the other side of this stronger.