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4 chances, 4 interceptions: Trent Alexander-Arnold gave people a lot to talk about vs West Ham

Trent Alexander-Arnold put in a performance to remember against West Ham United. The Liverpool star certainly gave everyone a lot to talk about.

Liverpool played terribly as a team against West Ham United. They struggled badly to stop transitions and conceded three weak goals in the end.

And on both ends of the pitch, Trent Alexander-Arnold got himself involved against West Ham.

Alexander-Arnold shines against West Ham

The Scouser’s big moment was unquestionably his goal. Alexander-Arnold fired a free-kick into the top corner after a little setup.

It was a brilliant strike and should have been one that helped Liverpool control the game. Instead, the team failed to capitalise in the second half.

But overall, Alexander-Arnold played well. He created four chances for teammates on top of his goal, for instance (stats per Whoscored). That wasn’t easy against a West Ham side that defended its own box with 10 players at times.

His cross for Sadio Mane late-on was fantastic, just finished poorly. He also played a magnificent cross-field pass for Andy Robertson to set up Mane. Again, the finish lacked quality.

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And if anyone defended those transitions well, it was Alexander-Arnold. He made interceptions, which was a game-high.

Game-highs in creating chances and interceptions? That’s a decent showing. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the perfect performance it seems like.

Alexander-Arnold struggles against West Ham

Virgil van Dijk ended the first half with a magnificent last-ditch challenge. That challenge came about because of an Alexander-Arnold mistake, however.

He failed to intercept a cross-field ball, allowing Said Benrahma to burst into the box with it. That wouldn’t be his last struggle, either.

West Ham’s third goal came with a back-post header, with Alexander-Arnold closer to it than anyone. He didn’t put up a challenge, though, and Kurt Zouma headed home.

Now, it’s debatable whether Alexander-Arnold could have even got there but he surely should have put some pressure on Zouma. At the same time, why was he all alone defending that at the back post?

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We know Alexander-Arnold isn’t great in the air and Liverpool let West ham expose that.

So did Alexander-Arnold actually play well?

We think so, yes. He delivered in this game when many others struggled to get anything going.

But Liverpool did leave him a little exposed at times when it wasn’t necessary. We’d struggle to call him a weak-link but that certainly hurt the Reds.

With the ball, however, Alexander-Arnold was the best player on the pitch. It’s a real shame that few lived up to him in that regard. If they had, Liverpool win this game.

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