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Trent Alexander-Arnold prioritises clean sheets over assists

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that he prioritises the art of defending as opposed to getting forward and registering assists with the Englishman stating clean sheets are ‘first and foremost’ for the team.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp’s team made it Liverpool 21 straight home Premier League victories following their dramatic 3-2 win against West Ham on Monday, equalling the English top-flight record for consecutive home wins. Also, the Reds’ 26th triumph of the season matched the English top-flight record of 18 successive wins, set by Manchester City from August to December 2017.

The exceptional player on the park and the key figure in getting Liverpool over the line was The Scouser in our team Alexander-Arnold. The 21-year-old phenomenon bagged a brace of assists to take his tally for the campaign to 12 – already equaling last season’s total.

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.

He has now has more Premier League assists than Liverpool greats such as Mohamed Salah, Xabi Alonso and Luis Suarez all the while from right-back and at the age of just 21.

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Only Cesc Fabregas (20y 134d) and Wayne Rooney (21y 63d) have reached 25 Premier League assists at a younger age than  Liverpool’s very-own AlexanderArnold (21y 140d).

With a trip to Vicarage Road on the horizon, Alexander-Arnold will be setting his sights on breaking his own record for the most assists by a defender in a single Premier League campaign.

However, the Merseyside-born defender insisted the team’s need for points come before individual targets.

Speaking with Liverpool’s Official Website, He said: “I’m happy to help the team as much as possible.

“That was my aim going into the season – to get over 10 again. And as the seasons went on, it’s been about trying to push the limits and try to break as many records as I can, try to push myself as far as I can, try to help the team as much as possible and get assists, goals and contributions.

“Obviously clean sheets first and foremost, but going forward I’ve tried to get as many assists as possible.

“I’ve equalled that record and now I’ll look to push on and try to break it.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on February 24, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts – CameraSport via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Alexander-Arnold is fast-becoming one of the most valuable players in the world.

Since bursting onto the scene at Old Trafford a couple of seasons ago he has been improving at a devestating pace.

The England international has broken records for fun since his debut against Leeds United back in September 2016.

Alexander-Arnold recently became the youngest ever player to start in back-to-back Champions League finals and became the first scouser to win the European Cup for Liverpool since Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Trent is one of our own, and given that he has no release clause and more importantly no desire to leave the club, there is surely no reasonable amount of money that could see the local-lad leave Anfield.

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