Liverpool fans have been singing the praises of young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold for some time now, but a stat posted by @LFCData this weekend shows just how impressive the 21-year-old has been this season.
The tweet states that the right-back has completed 37 key passes already this season, with the right-back’s closest competitor being Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne with 36. This shows perhaps just how crucial the England international has become in Jurgen Klopp’s side, with him contributing superbly at both ends of the pitch.
Despite predominantly playing at full-back, Alexander-Arnold has already contributed a goal and three assists so far this season for the Premier League leaders. Having come through Liverpool’s youth academy, the right-back first featured for the Reds first team in a 2-1 win over Tottenham in 2015 with Liverpool achieving the same scoreline against the same opponents this weekend.
Steven Gerrard described Alexander-Arnold as having “all the attributes you need to make it as a top professional” back in 2015 and it seems as if the Liverpool legend knew what he was talking about, as in just three years the right-back has established himself as one of the best young players in both the Premier League and England squad.
Some of the best reactions from Liverpool fans to Alexander-Arnold’s impressive stat can be seen in the tweets below.
Absolute joke of a stat!!! Best right back in the league fact!!! starts for england over any1 every single game for me tbh!
— Anton (@AntonAstley92) October 27, 2019
Closest player to de bruyne in the league when it comes to passing. Simply too good
— abhuti___mdu (@MduduziMdash) October 27, 2019
Quite the stat, that.
— Kerry Daniels Googling (@kezmodo) October 27, 2019
Are you watching Gareth Southgate @England
— Peter Hodkinson (@monkeymagic73) October 27, 2019
@fi_foh just look at this. A defender… at that age.
— Ed (@folarinedward) October 27, 2019
Trent is just amazing
— ???? (@IRONIi3LVCwRmMP) October 27, 2019
These Liverpool fans clearly believe that Alexander-Arnold is one of the world’s best and at just 21-years-old, he’s only going to improve.
What do we think?
Trent Alexander-Arnold has progressed an unbelievable amount in the last three years and should be recognised by fans of all clubs as one of the best young players in the world. The full-back has started this season superbly; with an average WhoScored rating of 7.15 for club and country. His all-round attacking ability, demonstrated by the high number of effective crosses and key passes he makes in each game suggests that he could potentially play in central midfield in the future, but for now both he and Liverpool are playing superbly with the youngster at right-back.