Trent Alexander-Arnold was unstoppable against Burnley on Saturday. He helped Liverpool maintain their 100% start with a 2-0 win.
Trent Alexander-Arnold excelled vs Burnley on Saturday. He was an unstoppable creative force in ways only he can be.
The Scouser is, quite comfortably, the most creative full-back in the game. He’s quickly heading towards being the most creative full-back we’ve ever seen, in fact, such is his record-breaking quality.
But it must be said, Alexander-Arnold didn’t thrive last season. He struggled for much of it, unable to find rhythm in a team that had its structure torn out.
That resulted in an England snub last March that appeared to rejuvenate Alexander-Arnold. He was exemplary afterwards, including a period where he matched creativity levels we hadn’t seen since Steven Gerrard ten years ago.
The question, then, was whether Alexander-Arnold could carry that form over into the new season.
Alexander-Arnold vs Burnley
Per Whoscored, Alexander-Arnold created seven chances against Burnley. That was the most in the game, unsurprisingly.
No one else on the pitch managed more than four (Kostas Tsimikas) and Burnley only actually managed eight as a team. This was a prolific display of creativity.
In fact, Alexander-Arnold never managed more than five in a game last season, even in his period of excellent form. You have to go back to October 2019 against Tottenham Hotspur to find the last time he created seven.
The highlight of this one was undoubtedly the assist. Alexander-Arnold switched inside with Harvey Elliott, finding space about 25 yards from goal.
Elliott received the switch of play, controlled it and found Alexander-Arnold. That drew out a defender who left Sadio Mane free. The right-back saw that and instantly played a first-time pass for Mane to finish.
But we’d also mention a magnificent first-half pass in behind to find Mane. The no.10 was unable to get good contact on it but the way Alexander-Arnold split Burnley’s defence apart was fantastic.
In all, the 22-year-old has created 10 chances in his first two games this season. It’s safe to say Alexander-Arnold is off to a hot start then – long may it continue.
Because him being at his best feels like a shortcut to the title.