Trent Alexander-Arnold’s contribution against Man City was more than just what was shown in the highlights.

This was yet another example of why Trent Alexander-Arnold seems to want to play further up and why he must. The early part of the game looked like it might be about who performed the switching six role better: the Liverpool man from right-back as usual, or Manchester City’s central defender Manuel Akanji, stepping forward to sit alongside Rodri. That rotation of position has become commonplace for both teams and continued here, and hinted that it might be a decisive factor early on. But it wasn’t; not really, not for most of the game. Until it was, and Alexander-Arnold secured a 1-1 draw with his late, bottom corner strike.

The attacking technique, precision, and increased proficiency in the final third and open play show why there have been calls for the No.66 to be deployed in a more advanced role. It’s why that’s where Gareth Southgate has finally found a way to get Alexander-Arnold into the England team, and it’s why this alteration was ultimately landed upon by Jurgen Klopp and his coaches last term, when the old approach fell short. One of those assistants, Pepijn Lijnders, was a driving force behind the switch to this system of pushing one defender into midfield, having used Alexander-Arnold at the base of his own center of the park when in charge of the Reds’ youth teams several years ago. But it’s important to note that Alexander-Arnold also played a very disciplined, highly deliberate performance to contain Man City as a right-back.

Defensively, he wasn’t perfect, but he still played his part in a resolute showing. No defender made more than his three tackles; no player on either side made more than his two interceptions. It all adds up to show he more than played his part in a resolute showing, alongside outstanding performances from his teammates.

Eventually, Alexander-Arnold still managed to score, showcasing that he still has a big part to play in the Reds’ defensive gameplan while shining at the other end. This is another example of his versatility and skill, and there’s unquestionably more to come from Alexander-Arnold in an attacking capacity.

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