1/7 Duels Won, Lost the Ball 16x: Liverpool’s 6/10 Ace Just Had a Howler Against Aston Villa

In Jurgen Klopp’s second-to-last match as Liverpool’s manager, the team let slip a commanding two-goal advantage, allowing Aston Villa to claw back and secure a 3-3 draw in a Premier League clash crucial for both sides’ Champions League aspirations.

Liverpool’s recent form has seen a marked decline, despite initially exceeding expectations throughout this emotionally charged season, largely propelled by Klopp’s inspirational leadership.

While vulnerabilities were exposed at Villa Park, glimpses of Liverpool’s trademark strengths and evolving style were also evident, signaling the transition into a new era under Arne Slot.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s future as vice-captain hangs in the balance as his contract expires at the close of the 2024/25 season.

Real Madrid are reportedly showing interest, but despite his world-class status, his recent performance against Unai Emery’s side may leave him dissatisfied.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s Performance vs Aston Villa

Alexander-Arnold’s season with Liverpool has been a mix of highs and lows. He showcased his talent with impressive performances during the team’s strong start to the campaign under Klopp. However, injuries have plagued him in the latter half, hindering his consistency.

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Despite this, he managed to contribute three goals and nine assists across all competitions and has been a regular starter in Liverpool’s recent Premier League matches. Nonetheless, his recent performance against the Villans was underwhelming.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Stats vs Aston Villa
Stat#
Minutes played90′
Touches82
Accurate passes49/58 (84%)
Shots on target1
Shots off target1
Key passes1
Possession lost16x
Tackles1
Interceptions2
Error leading to shot1
Duels won1/7
Dribbled past5x
Sourced via Sofascore

The performance wasn’t terrible, but there were definitely areas for improvement. Ian Doyle from The Liverpool Echo gave the creative full-back a 6/10 rating, highlighting his initial efforts to contribute to the attack, followed by a transition to a more defensive stance to counter the hosts’ offensive moves.

The reporter wrote: “Regularly drifted into a central midfield position early on but forced into more defending before break and second half more one of attrition. Denied by Martinez with one thunderbolt.”

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Doyle’s reflections don’t dwell on the lackluster defensive display that saw Villa exploit the Reds’ defense, winning only one out of seven duels and being dribbled past five times.

Additionally, the 25-year-old committed an error and only managed to create one key pass. While he unleashed a powerful shot at Emiliano Martinez, it fell short of showcasing his abundance of talent effectively.

As The Athletic’s James Pearce aptly puts it: “Defensive issues for Slot to address this summer. One clean sheet in the last 16 PL games tells a story.”

In the previous season, Liverpool struggled with defensive issues, conceding 47 goals in the Premier League. However, this season, if they manage to secure a clean sheet against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final match of the campaign, they would have conceded fewer goals than only six other teams.

Despite Liverpool’s efforts, there’s still significant room for improvement. While everyone associated with the club hopes Trent Alexander-Arnold remains, there’s acknowledgment that he needs to enhance his defensive capabilities. This season, there’s been a sense of regression in this aspect of his game.

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