Trent Alexander-Arnold put in another spellbinding performance v Sheffield United last night, as Liverpool strolled to a 2-0 Anfield win.
There were plenty of standout moments, but this one in the video below, courtesy of BT Sport, is delightful.
Using the outside of his boot, Trent curls the ball into the path of an onrushing Andy Robertson – actually starting the ball behind him so as to keep it away from potential intercepting attackers.
Remember, this is a right-back. A 21-year-old right-back who at the moment, is playing some of the best and most creative football on the planet.
Unbelievable technique from Trent pic.twitter.com/s4UBZzFlG2
— MT (@MT_Futbol) January 3, 2020
In truth, Chris Wilder’s United side didn’t put up much of a fight at Anfield, as Liverpool’s march to Premier League title glory goes on.
We rate the Blades, who gave us a stern test at Brammall Lane earlier in the campaign – but this fight was over as soon as Mo Salah gave the Reds a fourth minute lead.
The scoreline could have been anything by half-time, but the game was only officially put to bed 20 minutes into the second-half, with Sadio Mane confirming Liverpool’s sixth victory in 17 days – remarkable considering Jurgen Klopp has barely rotated throughout the festive period.
The only negative was Naby Keita not starting the game for which he was due to because of an injury in the warmup, especially irritating considering his masterful performance v Leicester on Boxing Day – but James Milner was typically ferocious as his late replacement.
The statistics featured below show Liverpool’s complete dominance, with five players having over 100 touches of the ball – which we can confirm has never previously been done in the Premier League since Opta records began.
Liverpool had 1108 touches against Sheffield United. Can't think of too many times that has happened.
van Dijk 153
One player breaking 100 it's not that common, 2 is uncommon, 5 is ridiculous.
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) January 2, 2020
Liverpool’s lead at the table’s summit is 13 points – an amount that has never previously been overturned by this point in the Premier League.
The Reds know with Manchester City breathing down their neck however that this level must be maintained, especially with the stress of the FA Cup and the Champions League returning in February.