Trent Alexander-Arnold did something quite remarkable on Saturday in Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Leicester City at Anfield.
According to stats by WhoScored, the 20-year-old managed to complete less than 50 per cent of the passes that he completed against Brendan Rodgers’ side but still managed to put in one of his more impressive performances of the season.
All together, Alexander-Arnold completed 48 per cent of his passes, which was far worse than any other player on the pitch – including both goalkeepers.
However the quality of the passes that the England right-back made were right out of the top drawer with him managing five key passes throughout the 90 minutes, which was more than what any other player from both sides managed.
Alexander-Arnold also excelled in other areas than just his creativity on the flank.
He also won two tackles, made five clearances and five interceptions, a tally with no other player matched as James Milner’s late penalty secured all three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Merson claimed that the young full-back’s quality of delivery into the box was “unbelievable” and that he had “been absolutely outstanding” throughout the match.
Alexander-Arnold proved with his fine display against Leicester that passing statistics don’t matter that much, it’s the quality of the pass that is what can really drive a team forward and earn them a win.
Although his display failed to see him earn a goal or an assist, the number of chances that he created from the right-back area kept Leicester pinned in their own half and really stopped the likes of Jamie Vardy from being unleashed against a rusty Dejan Lovren in the back-line.
Alexander-Arnold is definitely one of the best right-backs in the world at the moment and Liverpool fans are very lucky to have the homegrown ace playing in their side every week.