The Premier League has been in existence for almost 30 years.
We’ve been blessed to see the likes of Dennis Irwin, Gary Neville, Lauren, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole and many more as the importance of a full-back on the field, especially in attack, increases every season.
They all had fully fledged careers at the top level, but one man (if you can even call him that) has bettered their attacking output in just his third full campaign in senior football: Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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At just 20 years of age, the Liverpool academy graduate has recorded 12 assists in the Premier League this term, grabbing two more on the final day against Wolves to ensure the record was his.
What we’ve seen from the England international this season has been nothing short of sensational. His bravery in trusting his outstanding technique at the highest level of the game, hitting inch perfect cross-field switches and setting up chances for his teammates has been a joy to watch.
His Einstein moment against Barcelona – one of two assists on the evening – will always be remembered by the Anfield faithful; Jurgen Klopp described it as ‘one of the most genius moments I will ever see in football as long as I am alive’.
Big praise indeed.
Alexander-Arnold is doing things that even the iconic names above couldn’t manage from an attacking perspective. His range of passing, vision, execution of the ball, timing of the pass; everything.
What’s scary is that he will definitely get better. We’ve seen moments of weakness from a defensive point of view which he will undoubtedly be able to improve on in years to come, and the sky really is the limit for the youngster when he begins to nail that side of the game down.
He could very well become one of the all-time greats, a regenerated Dani Alves if you will, and certainly the greatest attacking full-back we’ve seen in the Premier League.
Liverpool have got one hell of a player of their hands; the academy that produced the likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen looks to have churned out yet another gem.