Top level football is all about marginal gains. At the very top level players aren’t that much better than each other. The differences in ability are marginal, you need to do whatever you can to grab as many marginal gains as you can. One Liverpool star has taken a pretty unique approach to getting the edge over opponents. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been wearing an eye-patch as part of his vision training.
Best right back in the world
In January 2017 the world was introduced to Trent Alexander-Arnold when he started in one of the biggest games in world football: Manchester United v Liverpool.
It was the Scouser’s first league start, he was a late inclusion due to a Nathaniel Clyne injury.
Further injuries for the ex-Southampton man meant that Trent was able to establish himself as the first choice right back.
In the four years since his Premier League breakthrough he has become the best right back in the world.
He has redefined the position, the Scouser is the team’s primary playmaker despite playing at right back. His unparalleled crossing ability coupled with his knack for spraying cross field passes has made him a creative force.
Alexander-Arnold on eye patch
The Athletic has detailed a unique approach the Scouser has taken to bettering his game.
Due to his partnership with Red Bull, Trent Alexander-Arnold was signed up to a commercial project which would see him undertake vision training with the expert Dr Daniel Laby.
The training included a number exercises designed to heighten his peripheral vision and his ability to concentrate on specific objects despite distractions. Some of the sessions involved the Scouser wearing an eye patch.
Speaking to The Athletic about the course Trent said:
“If I can see the whole pitch and I can see every option available, then I can make the right decision at all times. I think it will help my decision-making and that will help me become a better player.”
What RTK has to say
This is what you have to do to be the best.
You have to push yourself, you have to be open to anything which can improve your game.
Trent was already regarded for his vision, his ability to pick a pass out which nobody else can see.
Now that he’s been working with Dr Daniel Laby we could see his game taken to another level.