Jurgen Klopp told 20-year-old is key to Liverpool FC form
The Arsenal legend underlines Trent Alexander-Arnold's importance to Liverpool FC in the title race
Trent Alexander-Arnold could be a key player for Liverpool FC in the Premier League title race, according to Martin Keown.
The England international was sorely missed in Liverpool FC’s goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp opted to use versatile midfielder James Milner at right-back but the 33-year-old struggled despite being afforded a lot of space down the right wing.
Milner’s delivery was particularly poor as Liverpool FC failed to capitalise on an area of weakness in the Manchester United team last weekend.
Alexander-Arnold was restored to the Liverpool FC starting XI for the midweek visit of Watford after being left on the bench at Old Trafford.
The 20-year-old created both of Sadio Mane’s goals in the opening 20 minutes before he secured a hat-trick of assists with a cross for Virgil van Dijk’s first goal in the dominant 5-0 victory at Anfield.
And former Arsenal defender Keown has explained why he thinks Alexander-Arnold could hold the key for Liverpool FC’s form at this crucial stage of the season.
“Alexander-Arnold is back in the nick of time,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “Until Wednesday’s win over Watford, I thought Liverpool had blown it.
“That 5-0 victory sent a message to Manchester City and Alexander-Arnold was the standout performer with a hat-trick of assists.
“He is only 20 but plays with the freedom and confidence of a serial winner. That is what this team have been missing.”
Alexander-Arnold – who signed a new long-term contract with the Reds back in January – has scored one goal and has made six assists in 19 games in the Premier League this season.
The England starlet has established himself as Klopp’s first-choice right-back over the past 18 months or so.
He featured in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev last term.