Trent Alexander-Arnold is the first player in 11 years to match a feat from Steven Gerrard. He did so with his performance against West Brom on Sunday.
Trent Alexander-Arnold got an England snub back in March and it appears to have had a positive effect. And that’s putting it mildly.
Before being left out of the England squad, Alexander-Arnold created around 1.7 chances per game for Liverpool. It’s a decent figure – good enough for 14th-best in the Premier League.
Since? He’s up to around 3.4 per game. That would put him slightly ahead of Kevin De Bruyne as the second-best over the season (behind Jack Grealish).
And the Scouser was up to it again against West Brom on Sunday. Alexander-Arnold created five chances in the game – the joint-most alongside Thiago. One of those was the corner for Alisson’s mad winner, of course. And what a corner it was.
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But we’re getting used to those moments of magic again. Since the international break, Alexander-Arnold has four assists and a goal. They’ve been big ones, too.
There was the late winner against Aston Villa, of course, and an assist for Liverpool’s goal in the 1-1 with Leeds United. Alexander-Arnold also got the assist for Roberto Firmino’s first against Manchester United that put the Reds in front.
Then there’s the assist against the Baggies. All huge moments as Liverpool try to power into the top four.
But his form goes a little further than that. Alexander-Arnold even matched a feat from Steven Gerrard.
Alexander-Arnold matches Gerrard
The 22-year-old created five against West Brom, as we mentioned. He also created five against United in the game before that, and another five vs Southampton before that.
That makes him the first Liverpool player since Gerrard in 2011 to create at least five chances in three consecutive Premier League games. Quite incredible.
What Alexander-Arnold is doing right now is unbelievable as he continues to prove he’s one of the most creative players in the world. And undoubtedly the most-creative full-back.
It’s hard to see him as anything other than the best full-back around, in truth.
For someone who gets criticism for his defending, Alexander-Arnold has only been dribbled past once in his last five Premier League games. That record stretches to three times in his last nine and and four times in his last 12. It hasn’t exactly been a problem, then.
Put it all together and it’s honestly absurd that reports suggest Gareth Southgate won’t pick him for England this summer. What more does he want to see? Historic creativity and solid defensive work – Alexander-Arnold is levels above the rest.