Georginio Wijnaldum has lauded Liverpool’s full-back duo Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and has stated the club are ‘lucky to have them’ following the Reds’ 3-2 victory against West Ham United last night.
Wijnaldum, 29, scored on Monday night as Liverpool came from behind to beat David Moyes’ team at Anfield – putting Klopp’s unbeaten Reds four league victories away from a first league title since 1990 whilst stretching their lead over current holders Manchester City to a whopping 22 points.
One player who stole the show in Liverpool’s 26th league win of the season was The Scouser in our team Alexander-Arnold. The 21-year-old phenomenon bagged a brace of assists to take his tally for the season to 12 – the same total as last season.
The England international appears to be getting better-and-better with each passing week. Since the start of last season, no other player in the PL comes close to Alexander-Arnold’s mouthwatering 24 top-flight assists.
Meanwhile, his fellow full-back Robertson was on the assist trail after the Scotland captain turned provider to assist Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s vital equalising goal.
Since his Premier League debut in August 2014, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson has registered 27 assists in the competition, more than any other defender in that time.
Following the victory, Wijnaldum highlighted the value of having such productive defenders in the side and stated how lucky the Reds are to have the defensive duo in their ranks.
Speaking with Liverpool’s official club website, he said: “It is [a privilege] for everyone. But I think the team helps also to play like that, the way we set the team up when they are attacking – that they can attack with freedom and someone protects them when they lose the ball.
“I don’t think it’s only the strikers or the midfielders or the defenders or the goalkeeper, as a team we do it quite well and we try to help each other so everyone can use their quality. That’s what we do.
“We are lucky to have them and they are lucky to have us.”
What RTK has to say
Wijnaldum is right, Liverpool are fortunate to have two such outstanding players in their armoury.
The Dutchman’s comments are vindication to the incredible work FSG have done in constructing such a world-conquering squad. Both Robertson and Alexander-Arnold were acquired for a combined £10m and when you compare that to the £160m Pap Guardiola has spent on full-backs in that time it seems like small change.
Both Alexander-Arnold and Robertson have transformed the once defensive role entirely. They have become the standard-bearers for everyone across Europe and long may their dominance as Liverpool players continue.