Liverpool have a wonderful chance to get back to winning ways on Sunday as they face relegation-threatened Fulham at Anfield.
Key to their hopes of a victory is set to be Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is going to have to put in a supremely disciplined and professional defensive performance to keep the Londoners quiet.
He will face up directly against Ademola Lookman, who has been one of the stars of Fulham’s season so far and is giving them hope of remaining in the Premier League this season.
It is certainly a resurgence from the young Englishman, with Fulham manager Scott Parker suggesting that Lookman “had to take his medicine” following a horrendous Panenka penalty attempt against West Ham United before Christmas.
Lookman’s pace and skill on the ball will, of course, be a threat to Liverpool, having been fouled on average 1.8 times per game this season – the second-highest in the Fulham squad behind only Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
That’s where Alexander-Arnold comes in. The young right-back, whilst not being the most defensively assured this season, has been able to time his challenges extremely well.
In the Premier League this season, the 22-year-old has averaged 1.6 tackles per game, only giving away 0.6 fouls per match, according to WhoScored.
If he can continue that calmness and composure when faced up with a tricky winger, that should bode well in his continual battle with Lookman.
Indeed, if he can keep the former Everton and Charlton Athletic man under lock and key throughout the 90 minutes, then that should enhance the Reds’ chances of winning and finally breaking the Anfield hoodoo they have endured of late.