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'An absolute joy': Alan Shearer loves watching Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alan Shearer says Trent Alexander-Arnold is an ‘absolute joy’ as he named him in his Premier League Team of the Week. The Scouser wasn’t the only Liverpool player named.

Alan Shearer named his Premier League Team of the Week on Tuesday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the XI. The former England captain had some nice words for the Liverpool full-back, too.

“He created the second goal and some of his passing was an absolute joy to watch,” Shearer said of Alexander-Arnold.

In some ways, that’s an understatement. Alexander-Arnold was a creative force against Burnley, setting up seven chances for teammates.

That’s the most he’s managed in a game since October 2019 – back to his best, then.

In fact, we can add some further context to how good that is. Only two players have created more than seven chances across the two opening Premier League games.

The first is, unsurprisingly, Alexander-Arnold with ten. The second is Matt Ritchie with nine. So the Scouser created more in one game than nearly any other player has managed in two.

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He’s something special.

Alan Shearer on Kostas Tsimikas

Alexander-Arnold wasn’t the only Liverpool player to make Shearer’s weekend XI. Kostas Tsimikas also got the nod after a fine performance at Anfield.

“An assist by the left-back for the opener crowned another very good performance for Liverpool,” said Shearer.

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Tsimikas also had a great game. He couldn’t quite match Alexander-Arnold’s seven created chances but he did supply four – the second-most in the game.

And much like his fellow full-back, Tsimikas got an assist. It’s exactly what we like to see.

Tsimikas deputised wonderfully well for Andy Robertson over Liverpool’s opening two games. Enough so that he’s quite clearly a solid addition to the squad – even if it took a year to realise that.

We’re sure the Scot will return to the XI against Chelsea but Tsimikas has proven to be a good Liverpool player. Hopefully, we see far more of him this season than the last.

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