After an enthralling campaign, it now seems that Liverpool may end the season empty-handed. They handed the initiative to Barcelona in the Champions League, while it would be a shock should Manchester City now slip up domestically. Yet, it has certainly been a phenomenal season for The Reds who have so much to promise going forward.
A pertinent factor in Liverpool’s dramatic rise to the elite of European football is their consistency, highlighted by their now vastly solid defence. Yes, the £75m acquisition of Virgil van Dijk must be largely accredited, but it’s their young full-backs that also deserve an abundance of credit. Andy Robertson has indeed shone since his £10m move from Hull City, but Alexander-Arnold must be regarded as one of the best talents to come out of an academy in recent years.
The 20-year-old largely broke into the team last season, making 19 domestic appearances as well as starting in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. The potential was clear, but the defender has arguably exceeded what was previously thought capable. He must now surely be ahead of Kieran Trippier in the England set up after earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year.
The Englishman has featured 28 times in the league this season, conceding only 12 goals in the process. Without Alexander-Arnold in the team, Liverpool have conceded ten goals in nine games – quite a difference. However, it’s not his defensive prowess that has caught the headlines this season. The full-back has recorded a staggering 11 league assists, joint with Robertson as the most for a defender. In fact, the defensive duo have now set a Premier League record, becoming the first defensive pair to reach double digits in a single season.
Alexander-Arnold is now valued at £45m by TransferMarkt, but it would surely take a bid astronomically higher for Liverpool to even entertain the thought of his departure. The defender has emerged as one of the world’s best and at such a young age, who knows how far he can go. It goes without saying that the right-back has huge potential. He will most certainly be a prominent figure in the Liverpool defence for years to come.
Liverpool fans, what do you think? Will Alexander-Arnold one day be regarded as the best full-back in world football? Or should he already be in the conversation? Comment below.
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