Liverpool have had some era defining players down the years. Michael Owen took the world by storm around the millennium, Steven Gerrard made history with some of his performances. Now we have a right back completely revolutionising the full back role. Speaking to Rio Ferdinand, Trent Alexander-Arnold has explained the thinking behind his signature crossfield pass.
Trent Alexander-Arnold burst onto the scene in January 2017 when he was included in the starting lineup as the Reds took on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The youngster was filling in for an injured Nathaniel Clyne. A run of games saw the Scouser nail down the position as his own and within a year he was being talked about as one of the best right backs in the world, within two years his supremacy wasn’t in doubt.
Trent has reached the top of the game by revolutionising the right back role, making dozens of assists over the past few years, spraying balls all over the pitch and becoming his side’s de facto playmaker in the process.
Trent on the crossfield pass
The youngster has become known for his ability to fire a ball across the pitch, to find his teammate fifty or more yards away.
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These balls cause panic in opposition defences as they have to quickly adjust their positioning.
Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport, Trent Alexander-Arnold explained the thinking behind his signature crossfield pass:
“I feel it’s just so effective. If it happens against us it’s 40-50 yards of running to get to the other side and everything shifts. Defenders don’t know where things are going, it’s just so effective.
“So I always think about ‘what do I not want to play against? What causes the most problems for me?’
“When teams are shifting across to the ball it changes the whole picture, more people are open, the pitch is bigger.”
What RTK has to say
Effective is an understatement. The way Trent switches the ball from one side of the pitch to the other is mesmerising.
The Scouse had fans drooling when he volleyed it across in the Champions League this week.
His crossfield pass is one of many reasons behind the clamours for the youngster to become a centre midfielder in future.
We don’t care where he plays as long as he keeps spraying these passes across the field, they’re just delicious to look at.