Trent shows he can provide defensive solidity as well as attacking threat

Liverpool extended their perfect start to the season to six victories out of six by beating Frank Lampard’s Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino gave the Reds a two-goal advantage in the first half. N’golo Kanté provided a glimmer of hope for the hosts by pulling one back in the 71st minute, but Jürgen Klopp’s side held on for the three points.

Alexander-Arnold was one of those players who defended with his life. The right-back was excellent defensively throughout the whole game and even got on the score-sheet at the other end.

His goal was a cleverly-worked set-piece routine. After a foul outside the box on Sadio Mané, Liverpool were awarded a free-kick.

Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah were the players who stood over the ball and the Egyptian – with an intelligent back-heeled pass – opened up an angle for Trent to rifle a powerful shot into the top corner, leaving Kepa Arrizabalaga with no chance.

The full-back has been criticised for his defending at times, but he produced an excellent performance at the back at Stamford Bridge. Trent completed eight recoveries against the London side whilst also clearing the ball from danger seven times – five of them being within his own box. He also completed one interception.

The England international had to deal with Marcos Alonso throughout most of the game. The Spanish wing-back’s average position was in the left-wing position, but Trent did well to prevent the Chelsea man from causing any real danger. Alonso only managed to complete four out of his eight attempted crosses.

Overall, it was a strong performance from Trent with his defensive qualities on show. The young right-back’s showing in London proves that – contrary to what some believe – he is just as capable defensively as he is in attacking positions.

Last season the No.66 was able to get double digits in assists, but his output in terms of goals was low with just the one strike. Hopefully his thunderbolt against Chelsea can be the first of many goals this season for the 20-year-old.

Scott Mason

Contributor. Irishman. Steve Finnan started my LFC love story.

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