Even though Trent Alexander-Arnold had a relatively quiet, if not poor, game against Everton, Liverpool ran out 4-1 victors to keep the three-way title race hot.
Aside from a fiercely struck left-footed shot from outside the box, Trent was kept quiet by Everton for the most part. Yet it counted for little as Andy Robertson chipped in with two assists and an industrious counter-pressing performance.
Alexander-Arnold wasn’t as influential as he has been recently. He still played two key passes and took 89 touches, yet it was not his best level.
The fact that, as a full-back, he can take 89 touches and still not seem like he’s in the game. But unlike almost any other player, he has the ability to create a goal in an instant if he gets the time and space and spots a run in the box.
By now, it’s well known that Trent is one of the best players in the world and arguably the best full-back on the planet. Yet an overlooked part of his game is his counter-pressing.
While he might not have been orchestrating things in the final third as he might prefer, he was still superb at rapidly closing down space to deny Everton the chance to move up the pitch and influence the result.
As the man who plays the most risky passes in the team, he needs to be ready to close down whoever intercepts his pass and ensure he can’t turn the tables on Liverpool.
It’s amazing to have a defender who is able to affect the game with and without the ball.