We average nearly an extra point with Trent Alexander-Arnold in the team this season than when we play without him.
On Sunday, the scouser was rested by Jurgen Klopp, but his replacement James Milner simply couldn’t take advantage of all the space available to him.
Stats expert Simon Brundish tweeted the data today, which shows we score more goals and concede less when Trent’s at right-back.
The Trent effect
95 point season with
60 point season without
out scoring eXpected Goals by 1.71 a game with him
Scoring less than a much lower eXpected without pic.twitter.com/GZ380WDBJY
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) February 25, 2019
What’s more, Trent maximises the effectiveness of Mo Salah ahead of him – as according to this post on Reddit – the Egyptian scores every 95 minutes with the youngster, but only every 135 without.
We have no doubt that Trent will back in the side for the Watford tie and will stay in it for the clash with Everton at the weekend.
Since his injury early in January, we’ve actually struggled badly down the right-hand side in his absence.
Hopefully Trent can now stay fit and find form quickly until the summer – as we compete for the Premier League and Champions League.