Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s midfield maestro and Chelsea’s fight encouraging – Premier League hits and misses | Football News

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Klopp knows Trent is his midfield maestro

With Liverpool chasing a late winner, Jurgen Klopp raised eyebrows with his decision to bring Wataru Endo on for Ryan Gravenberch.

But the idea behind replacing a No 8 with a holding midfielder was clear. Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had already been moved into that holding role, was now free to play as an advanced midfielder.

That Klopp sought to free Alexander-Arnold from his defensive responsibilities when Liverpool needed a goal was telling. It’s now clear that, along with Mohamed Salah, the right-back is the one that makes their attack tick.

Dean Ashton, speaking on Sky Sports News, said: “It’s unfair to compare him to Steven Gerrard but Gerrard did start deep and got further up the pitch as his career went on.

“I don’t see why Trent can’t have a similar influence.”

Alexander-Arnold was unlucky to see his free-kick recorded as a Bernd Leno own goal but he ensured his name appeared on the scoresheet with a Gerrard-esque finish that secured the points as the seconds ticked down.

Klopp’s substitutions paid off. It may not be long before Alexander-Arnold’s midfield forays become a full-time assignment.
Joe Shread

Another foolish red but Chelsea’s fight encouraging

Conor Gallagher, like Reece James last week, will owe his team-mates an apology for his sending off. For the second week in a row a player wearing the Chelsea captain’s armband was dismissed but Gallagher should have stemmed his over-enthusiastic tackling after his first yellow. He left his side with a big task on their hands.

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