Supply and demand: Creative spark Trent let down by poor finishing

Trent Alexander-Arnold produced another man-of-the-match performance, but his teammates’ finishing did not match his creativity. SCOTT MASON reports.

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After a goalless second leg fixture against Real Madrid, Liverpool exited this season’s Champions League as the Spanish giants’ first-leg advantage proved decisive.

The energy, the performance and the chances were all provided as Jürgen Klopp’s side looked to once again make a comeback in European competition. It was ultimately the side’s blunt finishing that would deny the club from progressing to the final four.

Other than the lack of quality in front of goal, it was generally a good performance with Trent Alexander-Arnold, in particular, at the fore of many of his side’s best moments.


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The No.66 was by far the home-side’s best player on the night, as the full-back created more chances than anyone else with a total of six. That figure is higher than what every Real Madrid player put together managed across the 90 minutes – five.

Trent’s impact on the Anfield side’s offensive play was highlighted by the player topping the list of most touches taken (104), along with the fact that he entered the opposing side’s penalty area more than anyone else (26).

One of the Englishman’s better moments was when he swung in an excellent ball on his weaker left foot to the back post. Sadio Mané was unable to react quick enough to get his head on the ball and the cross would end up going out for a goal kick, but it was a sumptuous delivery worthy of an assist.

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Another moment that showcased the 22-year-old’s fight and desire was when he attempted to charge through the Madrid backline. The Los Blancos defenders managed to tackle him, but after a couple of bounces, it fell straight back to the Liverpool man.

He then played the ball to Gini Wijnaldum, who had an excellent chance to put his side ahead but instead blazed the ball over the bar when it seemed easier to score.

Along with his impressive attacking contribution to the game, the academy graduate was also solid defensively. Across the match, he made 10 ball recoveries, completed two tackles and made three interceptions but keeping Vinícius Júnior quiet throughout the night was perhaps his best defensive contribution.

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Although his efforts would not be rewarded, it was one of Alexander-Arnold’s best displays in a Liverpool jersey and, with nothing but a top four spot in the league left to fight for now, his services on the right side of the pitch will be needed as Jürgen Klopp and his players look to secure entry into next season’s Champions League.

Next up for Liverpool is a trip to Elland Road on Monday night for what is likely to be a hard-fought clash with a Yorkshire side looking to build upon victory over league leaders Manchester City.


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