Liverpool continued their 100% start to the season against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening with a narrow 1-0 victory at Anfield courtesy of Mo Salah’s clinical first-half strike.
Manchester City’s lunchtime draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the chance to strike first in the Premier League title race and move top of the pile with a win over Brighton, and they made absolutely no mistake with an accomplished performance. In recent seasons Liverpool’s home form against lower table opposition has represented their Achilles’ heel in their bid to win the Premier League for the very first time, so the supporters will be hoping that their 1-0 victory is a sign that a significant corner has been turned.
In the aftermath of proceedings James Milner came in for special praise as he dispossessed Yves Bissouma in the final-third with a strong, well-timed challenge which ultimately resulted in Liverpool’s winner. He earned a place in BBC pundit Garth Crooks’ team of the week for his performance, but he was not the only Liverpool player selected by Crooks.
Indeed, Trent Alexander-Arnold was selected by Crooks who went on to explain that Alexander-Arnold ‘gets better every time I see him’. The 19-year-old wonderkid (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) has been a revelation in the past twelve months since he was introduced to the first-team by Jurgen Klopp.
He has continued to improve upon the early promise he demonstrated during the preliminary stages of his senior career and is beginning to blossom into a fine Premier League defender. The impact of Liverpool’s full-backs is becoming an integral component of Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy, and the fact Alexander-Arnold has been selected to start all three of Liverpool’s league fixtures so far this season proves how highly he is regarded at Anfield.
BBC also revealed a stat which showed Alexander-Arnold completed more crosses from open-play than any other Liverpool player with 5 during the Brighton clash. Although there is no doubt that improvements need to be made with regard to the consistency and accuracy of his crossing, the fact he is regularly finding himself in promising crossing positions is highly encouraging for the club and his long-term development prospects.
Crooks is absolutely right in his assessment of Alexander-Arnold who continues to get better with every passing game, and if he continues in the same vein there is no doubt he will enjoy an immensely successful career with the Reds.
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