Despite a frankly underwhelming season from Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp and the Reds seem to be finding their form again. Whether it will be too late to qualify for European football is yet to be seen but if Liverpool and Trent Alexander Arnold can drum up performances like last night's win against Leeds they'll have every chance.
Liverpool travelled to Elland Road last night where goals from Salah, Nunez, Jota and Gakpo helwped secure a 6-1 win to see them move within two points of Brighton. However, it was Trent Alexander Arnold's performance that was grabbing headlines.
For a second game in a row, the defender found himself thriving in a hybrid midfield-right-back role with Trent Alexander Arnold assisting three of Liverpool's six goals last night, a mere compliment to his outstanding 153 touches of the ball.
Wait for it... pic.twitter.com/rMARXKGTuB
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 18, 2023
The more midfield-centric role had the MNF crew especially Jamie Carragher singing the Liverpudlian's praises, comparing him to some of the greats of the game like Steven Gerrard, with a touch of speculation as to how it might revolutionise this side.
It was always like a Steven Gerrard performance where he was a bit everywhere....I think this is almost perfect for him
There is only Kevin De Bruyne in the Premier League who is better than him at what we've just seen
There is very few players in world football, and I'm not saying that without thinking of some of the top players, the only player who can match him when he's on the ball in that are is Kevin de Bruyne.
Your job as a coaching staff it to make sure he (TAA) is on the ball...and he is going to create goal after goal.
High praise coming from Carragher who thinks that if Trent Alexander Arnold could improve defensively could be the key to Liverpool's success next season and potentially solve their current midfield conundrum.
Analysis of Trent Alexander-Arnold ‘s new hybrid role which has been a big success to start with, only KDB can pass & crate as well as him in the PL!
Does this role he’s playing, change Liverpools need for midfielders next season? #LEELIV #MNF
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 18, 2023
While Carragher's praise will be pleasing for the 24-year-old it won't be half as pleasing as the praise of his own manager Jurgen Klopp, who didn't hold back in his assessment of Arnold's performance last night. Klopp was on MNF explaining whether Arnold in midfield was to get more out of him or to strengthen the defence in front of the back three.
It's both because it's Trent it's both, The goal for Darwin is an exceptional pass, in the first half he'd a couple of passes for Mo and one for Hendo too.
Trent played a really good game, when we lost the ball the reaction was completely different.
For that (keeping the ball and protecting) the formation suits us much better.
"It's the best game we've played this season" 😍
Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side were 'absolutely outstanding' against Leeds tonight 🔊 pic.twitter.com/En4cfkcSeV
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 17, 2023
Liverpool welcome Nottingham Forest to Anfield on Saturday, where all eyes will be on Trent Alexander-Arnold to see if he can keep up his phenomenal form and become the key to Liverpool's future.
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