Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold was – by far – the best right back in the Premier League last season, but since Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a big-money move to Manchester United, people seem to have forgotten that.
To be fair, the former Crystal Palace defender was clearly one of the most talented players in his position in the league before joining United, but there’s a lot more talk of AWB being the best in England now.
But former Chelsea man Andy Townsend believes that crown belongs to Liverpool’s Trent, and he offers a stellar reason as to why that is.
“My first thought there is you just want to keep doing that, putting something in the box for your forward players,” he’s quoted as saying by the Express.
“When you look at Trent Alexander-Arnold in this position, the beauty for [Mohamed] Salah, for Sadio Mane and [Roberto] Firmino is they know here, with time, he gets a yard, bang, bang, it’s coming in.
“Then as a striker you’re onto that, you’re recognising that aren’t you. I know it’s early days for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and it’s early days for the relationship he’s got with his other team-mates but you’re not quite sure what he’s going to do when he’s got it because I don’t think he’s quite sure.”
Townsend does make a solid point in that Trent has had longer to adapt to the way his team-mates play, but that shouldn’t take anything away from our Scouse right-back.
Alexander-Arnold is the best full-back in the Premier League, and Andy Robertson is the next best, and the competition isn’t even close.