Alexander-Arnold debunks major Liverpool myth as he completes personal quadruple

by 24britishtvMay 15, 2022, 5 a.m. 12
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What does the Loch Ness monster and Trent Alexander-Arnold have in common? Not much at first glimpse but under the microscope there is an apt comparison to be made.

Just like the Loch Ness monster, Alexander-Arnold purported 'bad defending' only exists in the realm of fiction. Many have propagated the myth on social media and in the wider footballing sphere, but those claims are often made through a mirage by people looking through a distorted, perhaps biased, lens — just like the infamous depiction of the supposed Loch Ness monster.

If there was one game to duly debunk the myth — Alexander-Arnold's performance on the turf of Wembley on Saturday afternoon would have been the perfect exhibition.

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The Liverpool academy graduate had been to plenty of finals in his fledgling career already — but this was his first in the FA Cup — the tournament which holds so much significance and magnitude as the oldest competition still in existence on English shores — and one of special significance in the history of Liverpool for so many reasons from Shankly to Hillsborough and Owen and Gerrard. As a boyhood supporter of the club, no one will have understood that more than Alexander-Arnold.

From the first minute, the Liverpool full-back looked like he wanted it just a little bit more than the others on the pitch. Alexander-Arnold was everywhere throughout the 120 minutes. Not only did he make the joint most tackles (three) on the pitch for Liverpool, he also made the most clearances (four) making vital contributions at the back.

In total, he won an impressive five out of his eight ground duels. But it is not just at the back, where Alexander-Arnold excellent, he was also one of Liverpool's linchpins going forward. He made the most key passes (four) out of anyone in the Liverpool team and completed all of his attempted dribbles looking lively every time he was in possession. He slotted his penalty away calmly just when the pressure was amplifying on his shoulders in front of an anxious Chelsea end under the Wembley arch.

Kostas Tsimikas may have taken the winning penalty eulogising his name in the record books, but it was Alexander-Arnold, who deserves the credit for Liverpool's best performer on the night.

Not only has Alexander-Arnold now won every single major trophy possible to win at Liverpool at just 24 years of age — from the Champions League, Premier League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup — his very own quadruple. He has surely once and for all, after a performance like that, quashed any notion of his defensive frailty. This was a performance of maturity and poise — the kind that should be thrown in the faces of anyone who still doubts his ability.

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