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Trent Alexander-Arnold has to win PFA Young Player of the Year award

If you’ve seen Trent Alexander-Arnold’s footballing gift in the flesh there is an increasingly likely possibility you’ve questioned whether the Liverpool star is indeed human, let alone 21-years-old.

The West Derby prodigy has been one of the outstanding performers during Liverpool’s procession to the Premier League title last season as well as the most consistent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 26: A young Liverpool FC fan poses for a photograph in front of Liverpool player Trent Alexander-Arnold’s mural on July 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The England international featured in all 38 of Liverpool’s PL encounters and was able to clock up an eye-watering 13 assists – breaking the record for number of assists from a defender in a single PL season.

He has also proved to be quite the marksmen from free-kicks having scored three times from range against Crystal Palace as well as against Chelsea both home and away.

His only goal from open play took place during arguably Liverpool’s finest performance of the season following the English champions’ 4-0 humbling of Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City on Boxing Day.

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Alexander-Arnold registered two assists that day and capped off a MOTM performance with a stunning right-footed goal that was rifled past a helpless Kasper Schmeichel from just outside the edge of the box.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides fourth goal with Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

A generational talent

Unlike a fair few of Liverpool’s title winners, Alexander-Arnold’s performances remained just as consistent as before lockdown.

Half of his goals for the season took place after Project Restart and it is no surprise that the Liverpool academy graduate has been nominated for both the Premier League Player and Young Player of the Season.

While his credentials surely make a case that he should crowned winner of the former there should be no debate as to who deserves to take home the latter prize.

Alexander-Arnold is on the eight-man shortlist for Young Player of the Season alongside Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount (Chelsea) and Dean Henderson (Sheffield United).

Perhaps the only candidate who legitimately could stake a claim to challenge the L4 born talent would be Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

The global superstar has proven he is a class act both on and off the field and his statistics this season have been particularly impressive with 22 goals and seven assists for the Red Devils this season.

However, Rashford has taken a drop-off in the latter stages of the season since the lockdown considering of the 22 goals he scored for United, just three came after the restart.

Meanwhile, Alexander-Arnold has been paramount to a Liverpool team that recorded a club-record points tally of 99 and a team that equalled the all-time number of wins recorded in a single PL season.

Alexander-Arnold’s contributions in Liverpool’s 19th league title have seen the European icon go down in Anfield folklore for generations to come.

There is no denying that it would be daylight robbery if anyone other than Liverpool’s No.66 were to be crowned the best young talent in the Premier League this season.

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