There are so many strengths to Liverpool’s sensational title-winning team of 2019/20 that it is difficult to stand out, but Trent Alexander-Arnold did so, playing a hugely influential role from right-back. There are few who better demonstrate the evolving role of the full-back than Alexander-Arnold and their left-back Andy Robertson.
Alexander-Arnold grew up playing in midfield, and that past has contributed to the fact he might be the world’s most technically gifted right-back since Dani Alves, who was once so essential – and provided similar qualities to Alexander-Arnold – to Pep Guardiola’s outstanding Barcelona. Despite playing in defence, with a total of 13 Alexander-Arnold finished 2019/20 second to Kevin De Bruyne in the Premier League’s assist charts, just ahead of Robertson’s 12. For the second successive season Alexander-Arnold made it into double figures for goals created – a feat never before achieved by a defender in the Premier League era.