Trent Alexander-Arnold pointed out a skill of his that ‘others don’t have’ in an interview this week. The Liverpool man certainly has belief.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is still only 23 but today he walks into his third Champions League final. By full-time, he could end up with two winners’ medals – very few players can match that kind of record.
But then, the Scouser is a special player and one that is essentially revolutionising the game at right-back. We’ve seen great attacking full-backs, of course, but none who deliver the kind of results that Alexander-Arnold does.
His 12 assists in the Premier League this season are the joint-second most from a defender. The only defender to ever do better was Alexander-Arnold, of course, with 13 in the 2019/20 campaign. It’s worth point out that he’s joint-second with himself and Liverpool teammate, Andy Robertson, too.
None of that is surprising anymore. Alexander-Arnold continues to set incredible heights for production from a full-back but how does he do it? The Liverpool man gave an interview to the Guardian this week where he discussed it all.
“I play the game at my own pace and if I need a little more time to find the right option, I’ll do that,” said Alexander-Arnold. “The main thing for me is I always feel I can see things others can’t see.
“And the more you can see, the more options you have. I would say being able to judge the right option, and which one hurts the opposition most, is something I’ve got that other people don’t have.”
Trent Alexander-Arnold and his elite skill
We wholeheartedly agree with this. Alexander-Arnold’s passing range is obviously fantastic, too, and he boasts wonderful technique with his delivery.
But being able to see those passes is what really sets him apart. He picks out passes that leave the likes of Alan Shearer saying ‘wow’ because you simply don’t see them coming.
The mix of vision and technique in the pass below is outrageous – no one else on the pitch saw that possibility:
And that’s why he’s so special. Liverpool have developed an incredible talent in Alexander-Arnold and one who should play a vital role in the Champions League final tonight.
Don’t be surprised if he’s the decisive player.