Trent Alexander-Arnold will be going to Euro 2020 after all. It’s something that should benefit Liverpool next season.
Gareth Southgate left Trent Alexander-Arnold out of his England squad last March. It was a controversial decision to say the least and one he didn’t agree with at all.
To us, Alexander-Arnold is the world’s greatest right-back. No one can match his productivity, let alone doing it as part of the Premier League’s tightest defence.
Add in his proven track record of delivering trophies and no one can match him. To say he should be in the England squad is an understatement – he’s one of their best players.
But while we disagreed with the decision, we can’t deny that it had a positive effect. Alexander-Arnold was already playing at a decent level but he exploded after the England snub.
He went from being around the 14th most prolific creator in the Premier League to 3rd in the space of a few weeks. It led to a spell where Alexander-Arnold created five chances per game over a three-match spell.
No Liverpool player had done that since Steven Gerrard over a decade ago.
Southgate clearly recognised that form, too, as he included Alexander-Arnold in his England squad for Euro 2020. And with that, we believe there’s a benefit to Liverpool.
Alexander-Arnold to go to Euro 2020
The Scouser was flying to end this season – he was Liverpool’s best player and, arguably, the best in the league. We wouldn’t be picking anyone over him, quite honestly.
What the Euros presents, then, is a chance to keep that momentum going. Alexander-Arnold found a magnificent groove that led to game after game of wonderful displays.
Playing over the summer can help him keep that up – presuming Southgate puts him in his XI. He surely has to on current form.
Liverpool may well get to start next season with Alexander-Arnold still in that wonderful run of form, then. That would be a dream scenario as the club try to win back their Premier League title.
There’s already hype and hope for a bright start, of course. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all could return. Jordan Henderson certainly should.
Liverpool should look more like themselves to kick off the campaign. And if Alexander-Arnold is still performing to the best of his abilities, we see no reason why the Reds can’t be first out of the gates in the title race.