Trent Alexander-Arnold remains unquestionably the best right-back around. That’s despite some terrible recent form.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is not playing well. He was awful against Southampton, in fact, giving the ball away 38 times.
That’s the most of anyone in the Premier League this season. It was a terrible performance and Jurgen Klopp took him off early as a result.
Alexander-Arnold has had a few poor performances recently, in fact. He only has four assists this season – a remarkably low number for a player who broke the Premier League record for assists from a defender in each of the last two seasons.
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But let’s get one thing straight – Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back on the planet. This is just poor form.
You don’t achieve all that Alexander-Arnold has achieved without being special. You certainly don’t do it before you turn 23.
But let’s run down exactly what the Scouser has managed.
He’s broken those aforementioned assist records. He did so as a part of the league’s best defence in both season, too – a truly remarkable and overlooked fact.
Alexander-Arnold has, of course, won the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool, playing vital roles in both.
He’s made the PFA Team of the Year twice and won PFA Young Player of the Year last season. The 22-year-old has been in the UEFA Squad of the season, too, as well as the 2020 FIFPro World XI.
There is no other right-back who comes close to all of this right now. Not at 22. There are very, very few players full-stop.
So what’s the point here? It’s a reminder that Alexander-Arnold is a fantastically special talent and one who will get back to his best before long.
He’s coming off an injury and playing in teams that completely lack cohesion. It’s a tough spot for any young player, even one with the experience and success of Alexander-Arnold.
The player just needs time. Let him play his way back into form because he certainly won’t have lost his talent. Every player goes through a difficult patch and this is arguably Alexander-Arnold’s first.
Give him the time to regain his form because when he inevitably finds it, he’ll be the best in the world once again.
There’s no need to lose any sort of faith in Alexander-Arnold.