Former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher believes that the creativity of current Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is akin to having Steven Gerrard playing in that position.
Speaking on The Anfield Wrap [via This Is Anfield], the 2005 Champions League-winning defender said that the 21-year-old is unlike any other full-back he has seen in football due to his playmaking ability, comparing his style of play to that of former team-mate Gerrard.
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Carragher told The Anfield Wrap: “I don’t think I’ve seen a full-back like Trent before in the game. You’ve got great full-backs like Cafu and Roberto Carlos, overlapping and putting a great cross in, but he’s Liverpool’s playmaker.
“Liverpool’s setup isn’t that conventional, with midfielders hard-working, running and covering people – Trent is like a midfield player. It’s like putting Steven Gerrard there. That’s how I imagine he’d have played at full-back.
“When Stevie played with us, every time you got the ball you wanted to give him the ball, because you knew there wouldn’t be a simple pass next. It’s like that with Trent.”
Carragher is quite justified in praising Alexander-Arnold’s ability to use the ball effectively, judging by his statistics this season.
The 21-year-old was Liverpool’s leading assists provider last season with 16 and has set up four goals so far this term, an assists tally bettered only by the main striking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
In the current Premier League campaign, no Liverpool player has posted more key passes per game (3.5) or crosses per game (2.6) than the England right-back, while his match average of 66 passes is the fifth-highest in the squad. [via WhoScored]
In the Reds’ first four Champions League matches this term, Alexander-Arnold’s 97.3 passes per game and 1.3 crosses per game is the highest in Jurgen Klopp’s squad for both metrics, while his tally of two key passes per game is surpassed only by Firmino and Mane with 2.3. [via WhoScored]
The comparisons between Alexander-Arnold and Gerrard in terms of playmaking ability are fair, even though the latter was a midfielder in his Liverpool days.
Only once in his career did Gerrard surpass the Reds right-back’s 16-assist tally of last season in a single campaign, when he set up 18 goals in 2007/08. [via TransferMarkt]
Also, Gerrard’s highest averages for passes and key passes per game were 66.3 and 2.6 respectively in the 2012/13 season – the former is just below Alexander-Arnold’s current Premier League average and the latter is notably lower than the right-back’s 3.5 per game from this season.
Therefore, Carragher’s comparison of the Liverpool youngster’s creative reliability to that of Gerrard is now a legitimate one.
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