Trent Alexander-Arnold is finally finding some form. The right-back has struggled to get it together this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t been in form for most of the season. His assists prove that.
After breaking the record for assists from a Premier League defender in each of the last two seasons, Alexander-Arnold has just three this term.
It’s easy to see why when you look into his stats. The 22-year-old had a stretch of four key passes in four games over January.
That’s not going to get you much, especially when Liverpool’s forward aren’t scoring at a decent rate – Mohamed Salah aside.
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You can include defending in that form, too. After Christmas and until Liverpool lost to Brighton, Alexander-Arnold played eight games and made just six tackles.
There were just seven interceptions in that run, too. Not what you’d expect from any Liverpool defender.
The game before that run was the 7-0 vs Crystal Palace. Alexander-Arnold was great in that game, as was everyone. He created two chances, got an assist, won two tackles and made two interceptions.
Liverpool collapsed after that game and so did their right-back.
Fortunately, things might be turning around for Alexander-Arnold.
He wasn’t exactly flawless against Manchester City but Alexander-Arnold did start a turnaround. It was perhaps helped by City consistently attacking him.
Opponents dribbled past Alexander-Arnold three times in that game but he also made five tackles – his season high to that point. He grabbed three interceptions, too.
Alexander-Arnold created two chances on top of that.
Next up was Leicester City. He got nine tackles in that – shattering his season high. Again, the Foxes got past him three times but it’s safe to say Alexander-Arnold won that battle.
Even better, there were another two interceptions and another two chances created. And he’s kept that up.
It’s now four back-to-back games where Alexander-Arnold has at least two tackles, two interceptions and two created chances. That sounds like a player who has his groove back.
It hasn’t been perfect, no, but Alexander-Arnold finally looks to be in form and on the up. If he keeps improving, Liverpool might finally have the world’s best right-back once again.