Jurgen Klopp believes Trent Alexander-Arnold has improved this season. The Liverpool right-back is in sparkling form right now.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is currently in some incredible form. He’s creating chances galore, affecting results nearly every game and just shining for Liverpool.
That hasn’t always been the perception this season, of course. Gareth Southgate didn’t even include Alexander-Arnold in his England squad back in March – his stock had fallen far.
In reality, the right-back was still playing well. He just wasn’t quite hitting the heights of last season, though he was outperforming other English right-backs.
But the England snub undoubtedly had a positive effect. Alexander-Arnold was averaging around 14th-best in the Premier League for creating chances per game before it and averages around 2nd-best since.
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He created five just on Thursday, in fact, and five the game before that – and another five before that. Alexander-Arnold is the first Liverpool player to pull that off since Steven Gerrard in 2010.
We’re seeing the best of the Scouser right now, then. Alexander-Arnold is in remarkable form and Jurgen Klopp believes his player has improved quite a lot this season.
Klopp says Alexander-Arnold has improved
“Yeah, absolutely [he’s playing well] but he played a good season,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “He had the problem that he played with, I think, around about 20-odd different centre-half pairings, which is just tricky.
“He’s still a young player [and] has a much bigger part in organising the last line than he had previously. That means from a young, world-class talent to a defensive organiser is a step but he did that as well.
“Yes, he is as well in a good moment and long may it continue.”
It’s an interesting take and a real positive from this season. Alexander-Arnold has had to learn how to defend without the security of elite centre-backs next to him.
And he’s succeeding. Even on an individual level, the 22-year-old has only been dribbled past four times in his last 12 games. That’s a rate most full backs would love.
It makes you wonder how he’d play without the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to his left. We’re seeing some incredible performances from Alexander-Arnold but, clearly, there’s even more to come.
And if we end up looking back on this season as a time when Alexander-Arnold improved even further, it’ll put the best possible shine on an otherwise miserable campaign.