Trent Alexander-Arnold believes Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are ‘frightening’ in the air. The duo makes his job easier.
But he’s not the only teammate he relies on from game to game. Alexander-Arnold is obviously known for his deliveries into the box, with the Scouser possibly holding status as the world’s best.
So what’s his trick? Alexander-Arnold explained to the Athletic exactly how he tries to send deliveries into the box.
Trent Alexander-Arnold on his Liverpool teammates
Alexander-Arnold was asked how he aims his set-pieces – to teammates or into various spaces in the box.
“I would say more into spaces,” he said. “You know who the targets are, and the two central defenders are the biggest targets in our team. But you also have Diogo [Jota] and Sadio [Mane] in there as well who are frightening in the air.
“It is about hitting the right areas and then, more times than not, you will get first contact – like you see against Southampton for Virgil [van Dijk]’s goal.”
Alexander-Arnold is certainly right about Jota and Mane. The pair of them are bizarrely good in the air for players who aren’t particularly threatening.
We’ve seen some ridiculous goals throughout the years, particularly from Mane. His winning header from a corner against Aston Villa back in 2019 stands out – a ridiculously good finish.
Jota, too, has shown to have a knack in the air. His positional sense, in particular, makes him a natural target for crosses – he gets into those spaces Alexander-Arnold talks about.
This all makes his job easier, of course. It’s one thing to put crosses into the box, it’s another to have them finished off. In Jota and Mane, though, Alexander-Arnold has exactly what he needs to generate assists.