In its 46 years, the PFA’s Player of the Year award has been given to 41 people, representing 15 clubs and 12 countries from England to Egypt. The winners are young and old, tall and short, but all of them have one thing in common: none of them are full-backs. there’s tons of football still to be played this season but already it seems there’s little question about the destiny of the title, and though there are several Liverpool players who are going to be within the discussion when the individual awards are handed out, i feel supported the campaign thus far Trent Alexander-Arnold is edging it.
I am an enormous fan of this kid on numerous levels. It’s not just his contribution to the team, though that’s immense, it’s what he represents for English football as a homegrown player of genuine world class, and as a Liverpudlian at a club which has waited 30 years to win the league. Virgil van Dijk has sustained the amount he set when he won the PFA award last year while Sadio Mané has been outstanding in attack along side the hugely likable Roberto Firmino. I don’t think Mo Salah has been anywhere near nearly as good this season as when he won the award two years ago, so i feel the large award winners will come from that shortlist.
The fact that a 21-year-old full-back is even within the conversation may be a measure of his excellence. People mention him redefining the position, and he’s clearly doing something that right-backs haven’t managed before. The vision, finesse, technique and therefore the number of assists Alexander-Arnold has contributed over the past two seasons have raised the bar for the position.
Next week are going to be the third anniversary of his full league debut, against Manchester United at Old Trafford during a 1-1 draw. for many of the 2017-18 season he was second option to Joe Gomez, on the other hand last year he was third within the assist rankings and this season only Kevin De Bruyne has quite him, an astonishing contribution from a defender. Defensively he does his job, but it’s his picking out passes, switching play, his crossing ability, his consistency and his overall sharpness in match situations that’s just amazing to ascertain .
When he was a toddler he wanted to be Steven Gerrard, which must have appeared like a far-fetched dream at the time. Sometimes we get older eager to be our idol, but actually we will do more. What Gerrard did as a midfielder for Liverpool was phenomenal but Alexander-Arnold goes above and beyond what he expected of himself, employing those midfielder qualities at right-back.
He has spoken about his brothers, who sacrificed their football ambitions to permit him to understand his own. His first football memory, when he was six, is of watching the open top bus carrying Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League winners drive past his house. His background, his memories of sneaking to Melwood to catch glimpses of his heroes through the gates, mean he are going to be continuously inspired therein changing room. When he lifts the Premier League trophy after the club’s 30-year wait, it’ll be completing a full circle. You can’t buy that connection within the transfer market.