By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool maintained their one-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after their 5-0 win against Watford on Wednesday.
The Reds produced an incredible team performance with several players deserving of the man of the match award.
The midfield of Fabinho, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum proved dominant in the middle of the park while the attacking trio of Divock Origi, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah created constant problems for the Hornets defence.
However, it was Trent-Alexander Arnold that impressed the most – the Liverpool-born right back picked up a hat-trick of assists, becoming the youngest player ever to do so in a Premier League game. The fullback’s crossing ability was on full display with all three contributions coming from a cross of pinpoint accuracy.
The first came in the ninth minute as the 20-year-old whipped in a pinpoint cross that met Sadio Mané’s head – Liverpool’s No.10, operating in a more central role on the night, opened the scoring for the Reds with an accurate header from eight yards.
Alexander-Arnold then assisted the Senegalese star 11 minutes later when his cross fell to the feet of Mané, who cheekily chipped Ben Foster with an audacious back-heel.
His third and final assist came in the second half, after his brilliant cross – from a free kick – found Virgil van Dijk who headed the ball into the back of the net.
Alexander-Arnold was also Liverpool’s best creator on the night. He created more chances (5) than anyone else on the pitch and more than the entire Watford team (4).
The English right back’s defensive capabilities were also impressive. He won 100% of his tackles and recovered the ball six times, and his overall solidity was key to suppressing the Watford attack which could only muster three shots at the Liverpool goal.
Trent’s performance against the Hornets highlighted exactly what the Reds were missing at Old Trafford last Sunday – his creativity and ability to swing incredible crosses could have helped Jurgen Klopp’s side create more chances in a game which saw them only manage one shot on target all afternoon.
This performance was one of the best the No.66 has put in for Liverpool and, at just 20 years of age, the full back’s future looks incredibly promising.