Trent Alexander-Arnold is an obscenely good footballer.
At the age of just 23, Liverpool‘s generational defender is already in the conversation to be labelled the greatest right-back in Premier League history.
Alexander-Arnold regularly runs games from his position out wide and the number of assists he produces is worthy of a world-class playmaker.
During Liverpool’s 3-1 win away at Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, the mercurial right-back was up to his usual tricks.
He even came agonisingly close to producing one of the finest assists of the 2021/22 season to date on Tuesday evening.
On the cusp of half-time in Lisbon, Alexander-Arnold picked up the ball by the touchline deep in his own half, spotted Mohamed Salah on the run and played the most outrageous lofted pass right into the Egyptian’s path.
Salah should have then done the pass justice by scoring to make it 3-0 to Liverpool, but he was thwarted by a fine save from Odysseas Vlachodimos in the Benfica goal.
Video: Alexander-Arnold’s insane pass to Salah
Trent’s passing ability…— Watch LFC (@Watch_LFC) April 5, 2022
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STOP THAT, TAA! pic.twitter.com/tlaxiL0Nto— Footy Lover (@FootyLover3) April 5, 2022
The guy is a cheat code, isn’t he?
Alexander-Arnold’s passing range is up there with Kevin De Bruyne and he also proved that’s the case in the build-up to Liverpool’s second goal against Benfica.
The England international sliced the home side open with a laser-guided 40-yard pass onto Luis Diaz’s head and the Colombian forward teed up Sadio Mane for a tap-in.
Video: Alexander-Arnold’s pass to Diaz was nearly as good
We’re running out of superlatives to describe Alexander-Arnold to be honest – what a footballer he is.
His brilliance has helped put Liverpool in a very commanding position against Benfica, with Diaz’s late goal at the Estadio da Luz likely to prove to be the decisive blow in the tie.
Jurgen Klopp’s side should now progress to the semi-finals in comfortable fashion, but in the Champions League knockout stages, you can never rule anything out…