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Pundit’s Choice: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Pundit’s Choice: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their encounter with high-flying Watford having won nine and drawn the other three of their opening 12 league games, thus sitting just two points behind leaders Manchester City. And the Reds remain within striking distance of Pep Guardiola’s Citizens after a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Roberto Firmino inspiring the visitors to a vital three points.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from BBC pundit Garth Crooks, who named right back Alexander-Arnold in his Team of the Week.

In fact, the ex-Tottenham front man labelled the England international’s free kick ‘absolutely brilliant’, in what was Liverpool’s first goal scored from a direct free kick since Philippe Coutinho’s strike against Brighton almost 12 months ago, and it’s hard to disagree with Crooks’ view of what was a stunning hit.

Ultimately, there have been some Liverpool fans that haven’t been particularly thrilled with Alexander-Arnold’s performances at right back this season, with his struggles in their 1-1 draw against Arsenal highlighting that he maybe isn’t quite at the level he was last time round.

His attacking prowess has never really been in doubt, with two assists in ten Premier League games prior to Saturday’s trip to Watford, but he has shown some defensive vulnerabilities – after all, Klopp preferred Joe Gomez to his compatriot in recent games against Manchester City and Huddersfield Town.

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old was excellent for England in their 3-0 friendly win over the USA during the international break, netting his first goal for his country, and it’s clear that he earned much confidence from that by stepping up and magnificently curling a free-kick past Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster on Saturday.

The goal came at a crucial time as well for the Reds given they were only 1-0 up with just under a quarter of an hour to play – he again showed a maturity beyond his years to take the initiative from more senior pros and seal the win for the Merseyside giants.

Ultimately, Crooks is so right to label the free kick as ‘absolutely brilliant’, which was also a fine way of describing Alexander-Arnold’s overall display at Vicarage Road – he appears to be closing in on the heights he hit last term.

And it was a very timely occasion from which to net the club’s first direct free kick since Coutinho’s against Brighton, as doing so helped inspire the Reds to the three points needed to keep pace with Pep Guardiola’s City.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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