Hard as it may be to believe, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (TAA) is still only 20-years-old.
The right-back has already played in two Champions League finals, a World Cup, and been involved in an epic Premier League title race.
He managed to accumulate 102 EPL fantasy football points from just 27 starts and two substitute appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.
With a brilliant 12 assists in the PL, TAA played a huge part in Liverpool’s push for their first league title since 1990 – a race they ultimately fell short in, finishing one point adrift of champions, Manchester City.
Impressively, TAA only finished with a minus-points total in two games all season. This may not be a huge surprise to many of you given how solid the Liverpool defence was for the bulk of the campaign.
Details of those two games are:
- Liverpool’s only PL defeat of the season – 2-1 at Manchester City in early January (TAA awarded -1 point)
- The Reds’ 4-2 win over Burnley at Anfield in March (TAA awarded -1 point)
Therefore, -1 point was the worst game-score TAA received in 2018/19 and it only happened on two occasions.
His highest-scoring game was Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Watford in November. TAA was given 9 points for his performance thanks to the team’s clean sheet and his brilliantly taken goal from a free-kick.
TAA’s next-best score in any fixture was 7 points but he managed to achieve this in no less than six fixtures.
The criteria resulting in his 7-point haul in all of those games was the same – a clean sheet along with an assist.
Those games were:
- Liverpool 3 – 0 Southampton, September 2018
- Liverpool 2 – 0 Fulham, November 2018
- Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle United, December 2018
- Cardiff City 0 – 2 Liverpool, April 2019
- Liverpool 5 – 0 Huddersfield Town, April 2019
- Liverpool 2 – 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers, May 2019
The aforementioned goal at Watford was the only time TAA found the net all season. However, this could change if he is afforded more opportunities from dead-ball situations as he gets older.
TAA initially came through the Liverpool youth system as a midfielder so his technical ability and passing range are second-to-none for a full-back. Whether he remains at right-back for much longer will depend a lot on Jurgen Klopp and what position he envisages to be the right one for TAA in the long-term.
For now, however, Liverpool’s squad is well-stocked in midfield and TAA is doing such a great job at right-back it’s difficult to see why he would be moved.
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