Trent Alexander-Arnold deserves credit for his performance against Real Madrid. The Scouser did all he could to turn things around for Liverpool.
Liverpool failed at their task on Wednesday. They needed to overturn a two-goal deficit after losing 3-1 in Madrid last week.
That starts with scoring at least two goals, of course. Unfortunately, Liverpool couldn’t find even one.
And it wasn’t for a lack of chances. Liverpool consistently pushed Real back towards their own box and got the ball into some great areas.
Mohamed Salah, certainly, should have had at least one. Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino had good opportunities, too.
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But while the finishing wasn’t there, the creativity was. One player, in particular, shone in that regard.
Trent Alexander-Arnold completed six key passes against Real Madrid. That is, he set up teammates for a shot six times.
No one else matches this figure, though Andy Robertson came close (4). More impressively, the Scouser’s total beat the entire Real Madrid team (5).
Alexander-Arnold was a constant outlet and while he didn’t quite ‘run the game’, no one was more involved. He had 104 touches, in fact – the only player to hit triple figures.
Defensively, he was solid, too. He won two tackles while up against Vinicius Jr, a player who tormented him a week ago.
Alexander-Arnold picked up three interceptions, too. That was the third-highest number in the game, with only Federico Valverde and Nat Phillips beating him (8 and 4).
The right-back needed this. He’s been under immense pressure recently after being left out of the England squad.
And despite contributing an important assist against Arsenal and a wonderful winner against Aston Villa, last week made things worse. Alexander-Arnold struggled badly in the first half in Madrid, looking like a defensive liability.
Making things worse was the fact he didn’t create anything going forward, either.
But he corrected that on Wednesday evening. Liverpool didn’t do what was required but Alexander-Arnold certainly played his part.
He was undoubtedly one of the game’s most impressive players.