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When Trent Alexander-Arnold struggles, Liverpool struggles

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Liverpool’s right full-back is one of their key players and he has been instrumental in the club’s success in recent years, having provided a lot of goal contributions and proving to be a high-quality creator from the right. But this season we probably have seen the worst version of the English international so far in his young and successful career.

When Liverpool won the Premier League last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold was on top of the world. He not only won a trophy that his childhood club wanted for thirty years but also accomplished that by becoming one of the highest-regarded full-backs in the entire world.

Alexander-Arnold’s goal contributions and playmaker abilities from the right were instrumental in Jurgen Klopp’s side and he was one of the leading figures of the best Liverpool side in decades. So it’s worrying to see his current form. So far in this current English Premier League season, Alexander-Arnold has only two assists and zero goals in 15 games with Liverpool. But the absolute nadir of his poor form has been his recent display against Southampton where he was responsible in the goal Danny Ings scored and showed little creativity bombing forward.

This is a common theme in most of Liverpool’s squad this year but it’s a lot more telling in Trent Alexander-Arnold because he is one of the team’s main playmakers and if he doesn’t perform, most of the team doesn’t either as their midfielders are much more suited to defensive duties. Part of this is mostly due to the heavy calendar where Liverpool don’t have a lot of time to rest and that has taken a huge toll on the team because Jurgen Klopp’s teams rely a lot on being in top physical condition, so that is something worth taking into account.

Can Trent Alexander-Arnold recover the form that made him one of the best young talents in the world? Of course he can. This is mostly a bad run of form and he is capable of overcoming that.

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