After a man of the match performance that saw him register two assists and inspire his Liverpool side to overcome a stubborn West Ham United in February, Trent Alexander-Arnold drew lavish praise from Sky Sports’ studio talent.
“It’s like having Kevin De Bruyne playing at right-back,” Jamie Carragher exclaimed. “He’s running the game from that position – Liverpool’s best playmaker is a right-back from West Derby.”
Remarkable as they are, Carragher’s comments are accurate. An inordinate amount of what takes place at Anfield runs through Alexander-Arnold. Newly 21, he’s had more touches (2,983) than any other player across Europe’s top-five leagues this season and has attempted (313) and completed the most crosses (67) in the Premier League in 2019/20. His 12 assists this campaign already matches his total from last year, when he set the record for the most assists created in a single campaign by a defender.
His two assists against the Hammers mean that Alexander-Arnold is now the youngest defender to reach 25 Premier League assists and the third youngest overall to hit this landmark in the competition. In this edition of our Opta Data Dive series, we use a mix of traditional and advanced Stats Perform metrics to analyse how he’s become such an attacking threat from defence during his Liverpool career.
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